5 Most famous celebrities Koreans who lived in poverty when they were young!
You may be a huge fan of K-biz, but you may not know that many of the celebrities in K-biz lived in poverty before they became famous.
Here are the 5 most famous of them all:
Actress and singer IU was born and raised in a financially stable family until her parents’ business went bankrupt. She was eventually separated from her parents and grew up with her grandmother in a single room where cockroaches would crawl up at night. In winter, they are unable to turn on the heater and often cook meals with potatoes that their grandmother bought from the market.
She had to live in poverty in every way. However, she still strives for the future. She was also cheated by an entertainment company and she had to sell all her belongings and jewelry to give them money because of the promise of her debut in the entertainment industry.
IU continues to hold these memories in her heart as they have helped make her the star she is today. Since her success, she has bought her father a $130,000 dream car and continues to confide in her grandmother when she has any concerns.
2. Park Bo Gum
Actor Park Bo Gum has a very difficult past when he lost his mother when he was a kid in 4th grade.
Furthermore, his father borrowed about 280,000 USD from a lender in 2008 and registered Park Bo Gum as a guarantor at that time. Then, when Park Bo Gum started earning money since his debut, he received a request to pay off his debt, which reached $750,000 due to high interest rates. Finally, Park Bo Gum filed for bankruptcy in 2014 but later settled the matter through negotiation.
3. Yoo Jae Suk
Yoo Jae Suk, one of the most famous Korean MCs of all time, has also had a difficult childhood after his family’s financial situation took a turn for the worse when he was in elementary school. His father’s business had accumulated a debt of approximately $1.8 million USD.
Yoo Jae Suk also went unnoticed by the public for a very long time his debut until he began gradually gained more popularity. He confessed in this video that it took him 10 years for people to nearly start him and confessed that he wanted to give up many times when he saw his colleagues gain more and more recognition while he’t even appeared on TV. However, this difficult time period is what seems to have kept Yoo Jae Suk humble even after he became extremely successful.
When rain was in high school, he worked at construction sites during early mornings to help pay for medicine for his ill mother but wasn’t able to buy the medicine in time and eventually lost his mother to the illness. After his mother passed away, he came back home devastated when he found a letter and a bankbook left by his mother. Knowing that she would soon pass, his mother had suffered her illness without any pain relief to save up for his son who would be left alone after her passing.
5. Lee Hyori
Lee Hyori used to live in a 280 square meter barber shop with 6 members of her family, even without a bathroom. Lee Hyori’s biggest goal at that time was to buy a house for herself and her family. Especially Lee Hyori’s father is very violent.
Lee Hyori also revealed that seeing her father when she was growing up made her change her mind about her future husband (at the time). She decided to marry her husband Lee Sang Soon, because he cares and loves her very much.