Kim Seok-jin was born on December 4, 1992, in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. His family consists of his mother, father, and older brother.
While in junior high school, Seokjin was scouted by SM Entertainment off the street, but he rejected the offer at the time, believing it to be a scam. He initially intended to be an actor, attending Konkuk University and graduating with a degree in art and acting on February 22, 2017. He is currently enrolled in graduate school at Hanyang Cyber University, pursuing studies in areas other than music.
Jin was scouted by Big Hit Entertainment for his looks while walking down the street. At the time, Jin was studying acting and had no background in music. On June 13, 2013, Jin made his debut as one of the four vocalists in BTS with their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool. Jin released his first co-produced track, a solo single from the album Wings titled "Awake", in 2016. The song peaked at number 31 on the Gaon Music Chart and six on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart. In December 2016, he released a Christmas version of "Awake" on SoundCloud.
On August 9, 2018, the second solo by Jin, "Epiphany", was released as a trailer for BTS' then-upcoming compilation album Love Yourself: Answer. The song was described as a "building pop-rock melody" by Billboard and contains lyrics discussing self-acceptance and self-love. The full version of the song was eventually released as a track on Answer, peaking at number 30 on the Gaon Music Chart and four on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart. In October, he was awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by South Korean President Moon Jae-in along with other members of the group.
He released his third solo song with BTS, "Moon", on the 2020 studio album Map of the Soul: 7. Variety writer Jae-Ha Kim described "Moon" as a power pop song addressed to BTS fans. "Moon" peaked at number one the Gaon Digital Chart and number two on Billboard's US World Digital Singles chart.
2015–present: Solo activities
Jin collaborated with fellow BTS member V on the song "It’s Definitely You", released as part of the Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth original soundtrack. He also joined BTS member Jung Kook to sing and release an alternate version of "So Far Away", a song from BTS member SUGA's self-titled mixtape Agust D. 's Jin solo covers include "Mom" by Ra.D, "I Love You" by Mate, and "In Front of the Post Office in Autumn", originally by Yoon Do-Hyun in 1994. They were released on SoundCloud on May 7, 2015, December 3, 2015, and June 7, 2018, respectively. He has also made several appearances as a co-host for Korean music award shows, such as Music Bank and Inkigayo.
On June 4, 2019, Jin released his first independent song "Tonight" as part of the 2019 BTS Festa event, a yearly event celebrating the anniversary of the band's debut. The acoustic ballad was composed by Jin alongside Big Hit Entertainment record producers Slow Rabbit and Hiss Noise. The lyrics, written by Jin and BTS leader RM, are inspired by Jin's relationship with his pets. The track was met with a generally positive reception, with praise directed towards Jin's vocals and the song's calming atmosphere.
On December 3, 2020, Kim released his second solo song "Abyss" a day before his 28th birthday. The acoustic ballad was composed by Kim and fellow BTS member RM, alongside record producers BUMZU and Pdogg. The lyrics, written by Kim, BUMZU and RM, were inspired by Kim's feelings of anxiety, doubt, and burnout. In a post on the official BTS blog, Kim spoke about his insecurities regarding music and how those darker emotions drove him to write and release the song.
Jin is a tenor and can play the guitar. In Kim Young-dae's 2019 novel BTS: The Review, members of the Grammy panel stated that his voice has stable breath control and a strong falsetto, calling it a "silver voice". Journalist Choi Song-hye, writing for Aju News, wrote that BTS singles such as "Spring Day" and "FAKE LOVE" displayed Kim's vocal stability, while the b-side "Jamais Vu" did so for his emotional range. Hong Hye-min of The Korea Times described Kim's voice as "tender, sorrowful, [and] free-spirited" and considered it to be the "standout element" on the solo ballad "Epiphany". Critic Park Hee-a, when discussing "Epiphany", stated that Kim "sings the most sentimental emotions" of the solo tracks on Love Yourself: Answer. In a review of "Fake Love", Park said that Kim's belting "prove[d] [the song's] effectiveness".
In December 2018, Jin donated various suppliers to the Korean Animal Welfare Association to celebrate his birthday, purchasing food, blankets, and dishes for the organization. That same day, he donated 321 kilograms of food to the Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA), another Korean animal welfare non-profit.
Since May 2018, Jin has been a monthly donor to UNICEF Korea, requesting that his donations be private at the time. They were eventually publicized following his induction into the UNICEF Honors Club in May 2019 for donating over ₩100 million (about US$84,000).
In 2019, he was ranked as the overall 13th most popular idol and 6th among girls aged 13–19 in South Korea, via data collected by analytics company Gallup Korea.
As of 2018, Jin lives in Hannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea. Additionally, he and his older brother opened a Japanese-style restaurant in Seoul called Ossu Seiromushi in 2018.
He is 29 years old in the US age and 30 years old in the Korean age.
He is BTS' official visual.
His Zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
He has his own mukbang show called Eat Jin. In the show he only eats but does not talk much about the food beyond stating the dish's name. Sometimes, the other members of BTS join him: Jung Kook, Jimin, or Suga, his former roommate.
He is close friends with VIXX's Ken, B1A4's Sandeul, KNK's Seungjun, Sleepy, Jee Seok Jin, Lee Yi Kyung and Yoo Seung Ho.
In an interview was asked who is the Hollywood crush (actress) and he answers the actor, Brad Pitt.
He said wants to collaborate with Shawn Mendes.
His favorite hobbies include cooking, eating, dolls, telling dad jokes, blowing air kisses, playing video games, snowboarding, looking at photographs and recipes, taking polaroids, and taking care of his pets.
He feels uncomfortable being called feminine names by fans. Particularly, "Mom", "Eomma", and "Princess".
In early years when he dances, he was told that he looked like a traffic police (교통 경찰)
His personality is always recognized as caring, humble and funny.
A professional plastic surgery doctor stated that Jin's face was a 'perfect face'- his eyes, nose, mouth, ears, everything in the right place, with the right shape and the right type of face.
Even though Jin majored in filming (took classes in acting), he was asked to learn dancing and singing to be a part of BTS. Despite having no knowledge in either of these areas, Jin worked very hard and is highly appreciated for his visual and talent. People always know him as a good-looking man, but he also has a soft, warm, really nice and amazing voice. His dancing continues to improve as he works hard and practices with the other members and individually.
He was roommates with SUGA. When BTS changed roommates, Jin and SUGA stayed together. SUGA stated that he 'couldn't have a more perfect roommate'. They are currently no longer roommates in the new dorm they live in.
On Idol King Of Cooking, Jin was supposed to go to the final round. However, due to their conflicting schedules, someone else took his spot in the finals.
During earlier eras, he was nicknamed Ctrl + V because he was the only one who was able to control Taehyung (V).
The best way to make Jin feel despair is to take away his food and his Nintendo.
His favorite color was pink. In a 2017 interview, he stated that it is now blue.
His favorite number is 4. In Army 5th Kit, he stated that his new favorite number is 2.
His favorite foods are lobster, meat, naengmyeon(Korean noodle dish), chicken, hamburgers, pizza, and all types of greasy junk food.
He likes anime, Disney princesses, MapleStory and Super Mario action figures, and Nintendo games.
He is known as worldwide handsome, and being the worldwide cutie guy as he introduced himself on the Ellen Show in 2018.
He has a habit of blinking his left eye when he's hungry.
He is able to do The Exorcist's "spider-walk" (walking with his waist bent).
He describes himself as Hidetoshi Dekisugi from Doraemon.
His ideal type is someone who will be a good wife, good at cooking, and is nice.
In ten years, he wants to be Sergeant Kim Seok-jin in the Bangtan A.R.M.Y. After that, he wants to be a man that mothers would like watching on TV.
He once made seaweed soup for j-hope, who became speechless since he thought it tasted like his mom's soup.
He always goes to the gym with Jung Kook.
According to the other members, he has the best body and face in the group.
He is in charge of the kitchen and cleaning up the dorms.
He has a driver's license.
When he eats, he has a habit of smelling it first.
He rarely uses wooden chopsticks-- he always carries his own because he doesn't like the smell of the wooden chopsticks.
He's bad at lying.
He can't watch horror movies.
As a child, he wanted to be a detective.
V described him as a Crane (두루미).
He wakes up two hours earlier than the other members.
The Chinese A.R.M.Y fans stated that Jin sounded the most Chinese out of the Bangtan Boys when they spoke Chinese.
He has recently revealed to have two flying squirrels as well, along with his Sugar Gliders, however he has not formally posted about them on any social media.
He chose V as the member he is closest to.
He wants his first child to be a girl and second to be a boy. He wants to give a noona (male's term of addressing for an older female in Korea) for his son because a noona will give him pocket money as his hyung (older brother) always took his pocket money.
He named his future children-- the girl to be Yu-sun (유선) and the boy to be Yu-bi (유비).
He is the first K-pop idol to get 100 million hearts on V-live during his birthday live on 2017.
He likes to blow flying kisses to ARMY.
His motto in life is: "Let's live freely."
Jin has very broad shoulders, measuring at 60cm (23in) in width.
ARMYs tweeted the hashtag #WorldwideHandsomeDay and #겨울에_태어나_아름다운_석진 (means Beautiful Seokjin born in winter) for his birthday last 2017.
Jin’s favorite weather is Spring sunlight.
Jin also enjoys looking at photographs and recipes.
Jin started Super Mario when he was five years old and MapleStory in seven grade and still faithfully play them. He think Super Mario characters and the monsters in MapleStory are extremely cute.
Jin made a big mistake during their first performance at M!Countdown. His pants went down all the way to his thighs, and he cried after the stage ended.
Jin has crooked fingers.
Jin is really confident with others and can communicate well now, but previously, he stated he had very low self esteem and that A.R.M.Y's and the rest of BTS helped him to overcome it.
Jin was an MC for the MAMA awards in 2017 alongside EXO's Chanyeol and Red Velvet's Irene.
Jin always wins staring contests.
Jin, Jung Kook, and Jimin drink together occasionally.
Jin's BT21 character is a white alpaca wearing a red neckerchief named RJ.
Jin is very athletic, his sports are snowboarding, golf; he can also do wake-boarding, tennis, surfing, scuba diving and a lot more.
Jin's favorite animal is an alpaca.
Jin's laugh is very distinctive and is known as the 'Windshield Wiper' laugh (i.e the sound of when glass/windows are being wiped clean.)
Besides from j-hope, Jin is the second member who gets scared very easily.
When Jin is embarrassed or mad his ears will turn red.
Jin's favorite hair color is pink. (Buzzfeed Puppy interview 2018)
Jin is the second most popular member in BTS in Korea now (2018) for his outstanding visuals.
Jin has prescription glasses but rarely wears them as they make him feel insecure. He prefers to wear contact lenses instead, but his eyes get easily irritated from wearing them.
Jin is the strongest member in BTS with Jung Kook being the second. (Jin is the only member who can lift and support Jung Kook's weight despite Jung Kook being the heaviest.)
Jin, along with Jung Kook, Jimin, and V were voted as one of the Asian Heartthrobs of 2018, earning him a spot at #46.
Jin, along with Jung Kook, and V were voted as 100 Most Handsome Men of 2018, earning him a spot at #17.
Jin cut his jeans on camera once because they were “too long.”
Jin uses a pink keyboard to play computer games.
If he was a girl, he said he would date Jimin because he is shy and someone like Jimin would help him open up and be social.
↑"In Japan, Jin became known as the “Flying Kiss Guy” for his continued flying kisses – a habit of his turned into a beloved fan favorite experience (it’s like… when he steals an ARMY bomb during a show, but even more often)". from Koreaboo