IU at her 'Palette' concert in Cheongju, 3rd December 2017

5 facts about IU you did not know

The famous singer named 'Nation's Little Sister' is well known for her powerful vocals and charming personality. The 28-year-old is not as open as she seems to be. There are a few facts about her which even hardcore fans are unaware of! Do you want to know more about her? Then scroll down to find out!

  • IU is a South Korean solo singer and actress who debuted on September 1, 2008.
  • On May 16, 1993, she was born in Seoul, South Korea.
  • The singer was only in 7th grade when she officially decided to become a singer.
  • With an estimated net worth of $45 Million, she is the wealthiest female K-pop idol.

1) IU's beginning

IU singing her ending title song, "Araro" in 2009 at a KBS music show

IU is a big Kim Tae-woo (G.O.D) fan; he was the reason why she decided to audition for JYP Entertainment. Unfortunately, she got rejected. When Park Jin Young found out about the singer's rejection from JYP, he wanted to fire the person who failed her! Leon Entertainment opened its doors to her, and the rest they say is history.

2) The meaning behind IU

IU in a series of photos posted on her Instagram with the caption: 'Flower Nom'

The singer's real name is Lee Ji Eun, a very common name in South Korea, and that is why she chose the stage name, IU'I and U' in IU mean 'You and I', and they symbolize music's ability to unify people.

3) Nation's little sister

IU at the 35th Golden Disc Awards, 2021

Due to her innocent and pure image, IU is dubbed as South Korea's little sister. She is the representation of adorableness and charmingness. The singer also possesses a soft and kind heart that makes you want to protect her as your own little sister!

4) Career as an actress

IU in the K-drama 'Hotel Del Luna'

Aside from being a fabulous singer, she has also delved into the world of acting. The soloist has starred in dramas such as Hotel Del Luna, Dream High, Scarlet Heart Ryeoand My Mister. She is quite a popular actress. In 2019, she won the Baeksang Arts Award for 'Most Popular Actress'.

5) From Zero to Everything

IU in the cover for 'Dazed' magazine

Her life before stardom wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. She came from humble beginnings and faced many adversities. Her family used to reside in a cockroach-infested house. She and her brother often had to without eating any meals for days. Nowadays, she makes sure to donate generously to charity organizations because of her past! Countless entertainment companies she auditioned for, such as JYP Entertainment, rejected her. But when those companies closed their door on her, Loen Entertainment opened theirs. And the rest, they say, is history.

Did you know any of these facts about IU? Let us know in the comments below!

Estefanía Martínez

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