Kim Hee-chul is a South Korean singer/songwriter, actor and presenter who goes by the stage name Mononym Heechul. He is a member of Super Junior (South Korean boy group) and has also participated in the group’s subgroup Super Junior-T and other project groups like Universe Cowards with Min Kyung-hoon and Kim Heechul & Kim Jungmo.
Apart from music, Kim Hee-Chul is an actor; in fact, he kicked off his career as an actor starring in the second season of teenage drama Sharp 2. Below are all you need to know about the South Korean star including his sexual orientation.
Kim Hee-Chul Age
Kim was born on the 10th of July 1983 in Hoengseong County, Gangwon Province, South Korea. Though the names of his parents are not known, Heechul has an older sister named Kim Hee-jin.
In 2004, Kim Hee-Chul bagged a Bachelor’s degree in English tourism translation from Sangji Youngsoe College and a B.A in informatics through a Bachelor’s Degree Examination for Self-Education from Sangji University in 2009.
He started his career as an actor appearing in the second season of teen drama Sharp 2. After that, he hosted his first music show Show! Music Tank and appeared on several advertisements, and hosted radio shows.
His musical career began in 2002 when he saw Korean singer/songwriter and music producer Psy singing “Champion” on a TV program. Psy’s performance inspired him to begin an internet search for entertainment companies; during his search, he discovered that SM Entertainment was having an open audition.
Armed with that information, Kim Hee-Chul headed to Seoul with some friends to take part in the audition. Due to not knowing his way around, Kim got lost and missed the open Starlight Casting System audition but when he finally found his way to the venue of the audition, he was still allowed to perform because of his visuals. After he sang the national anthem and passed, he signed a deal with SM Entertainment. Having signed the deal, he officially became a trainee with the company and began training in acting, dancing, singing and in other artistic areas like modeling and hosting.
For a start, Hee-Chul was placed in Four Season – a four-member group which had Kangin, Jaejoong, and Yunho as team members; the group was, however, disintegrated in 2003 after Jaejoong and Yunho joined TVXQ.
After the disbandment of the TVXQ, he made plans to join the Trax as their vocalist but due to frequent misunderstandings and crashes with SM Entertainment boss at the time, Kim abandoned the project and headed back to his hometown. With the encouragements from TVXQ’s Donghae and Yunho and Trax’s Jungmo, Hee-Chul would later return to SM and in no time, he formed the group Super Junior, 05 (first generation of Super Junior) alongside other SM Entertainment trainees.
In November 2005, the group made their official debut on SBS’ Popular Songs where they performed their first single “Twins” as a twelve-member group. They would later release their debut album ‘Twins’ the following month and made it at number three position on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.
From music, Kim Hee-Chul ventured into acting which he has also done amazingly well in. His first role as an actor was as Baek Jin-woo in the Season Two of Sharp 2 – a teen drama which also starred Kibum and labelmates, Go Ara. Later that same year (2005), he appeared as an extra in Loveholic (KBS2 TV series); and also became a regular MC on Music Tank – a music show that aired on the cable. Kim Hee-Chul also appeared on Lotte’s Pepero ad. His other acting roles were in TV series including Rainbow Romance, Golden Bride, Bad Family, and Attack on the Pin-Up Boys (debut film).
He has also done some voice actings too; he was the voice of Simon in the Korean dubbed version of Alvin and the Chipmunks (an American live-action/animated film).
Hee-Chul is not an only child, he has an older sister named Kim Hee-jin, who he is very fond of. Kim Hee-chul revealed in an interview that he learned a lot about both the SECHSKIES and their former labelmates Fin.K.L from his sister who was their big fan. He also revealed that when his sister learned he was going to audition for SM, she asked him how in the world was he going to do that knowing fullY well that she is a die-hard fan of the SECHSKIES.
Is Kim Hee-Chul Gay or Does He Have a Girlfriend He is Dating?
The multi-talented Korean star had to address questions about his sexual orientation sometime in 2017 after an online post claimed he is gay. In an interview on Knowing Bros Hee-Chul’s stated that the post actually came as a shock to both him and his Super Junior group members.
He disclosed that his first reaction to the rumor was to actually begin a process of growing his beard and to cut his hair. Kim also said he was not in a hurry to strongly deny the claims as he believed doing so would appear rude and could hurt someone else’ feelings. Answering the question if he is gay, Kim said he is not gay because he loves women.
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If Kim Hee-Chul is not gay who then is he dating and who is his girlfriend if he does have any? The good-looking artist is so uptight about his personal life and that all we have as evidence for his dating life and history is rumors and more rumors that have never been confirmed.
He has been linked with a handful of ladies in the past including a model named IVY, Girl’s Generation Taeyeon and another girl named Yerin. His is currently rumored to be dating a mystery girl for about two years now; however, we have not been able to verify the claims at the moment nor the name of the said girl, thus, Kim could be single at the moment. Till he confirms a relationship, we just have to keep our fingers crossed.
His Height and Weight
Kim stands at a height of 1.75 m, that is 5 feet 8 inches and weighs 59kg which is 129.8lb.