The K-Pop singer popularly known as Xiumin was born Kim Min Seok in Guri, Gyeonggi province, South Korea on 26th March 1990. Though his early educational background has not been made public, it is known that he graduated from Catholic Kwandong University in South Korea. He is not an only child as he has a sister whom he tries as much as possible to hide from the limelight due to their mother’s instruction. Although he looks very young when compared to the other eight members of EXO, he is the oldest of them all. Below, we explore some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about this K-pop sensation.
1. He Made Several Failed Attempts At an Entertainment Career
Before he joined the SM’s Everysing Contest, Xiumin had showcased his talent auditioning for JYP in 2008 but sadly, he didn’t get in. The same year, he took the second position in SM’s Everysing Contest and also joined the SM Entertainment’s Casting System as a trainee.
In January 2012, Xiumin recorded a big break in his career when he was revealed as the seventh member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group. Exo; the group’s debut came on April 8, 2012. Xiumin has also continued on his other career endeavors outside the group, he made a guest appearance alongside actress Kim Yoo-Jung in the music video for “Gone” by South Korean singer Jin.
Xiumin’s musical career includes a number of collaborations with other professional singers; in the year 2016, fellow K-Pop star and member of AOA – Jimin – feature Xiumin on his single titled “Call You Bae”, Xiumin also featured in the video. In the same year, he collaborated with two of the members of the EXO group, Beakhyun and Chen on the soundtrack of the television series – Scarlet Heart Ryeo, the original soundtrack was titled “For You”.
2. He has Appeared in Numerous TV Shows and Movies
Xiumin also featured as a regular cast member on the popular MBC reality TV show titled It’s Dangerous Beyond the Blankets. This show further helped put him before the global audience at an unprecedented rate.
Xiumin is indeed a bag of talents. He has extended his craft to the movie industry and has done remarkably well so far. He has featured in a few dramas, films and TV series including “Falling for Challenge” (2015), “Exo Next Door”(2015), “Travel without Manager”, “The Man Who Sells the River” (2016) and “It’s Dangerous Beyond The Blankets” (2017-2018).
3. He Is A Trained Fighter
You don’t want to challenge this pop star to a duel. Xiumin is a trained martial artist and to butter things up, he has a black belt in Kendo, as well as Taekwondo. He attended a martial art school as a young boy and grew with the skills.
In May 2019, the singer was enlisted to serve his country through the mandatory military service which requires him to join the military. Interestingly, Xiumin took his musical talent to the military service as it was reported that he will be featuring in the army musical titled “Return”.
4. His Nickname Is Inspired By Food
Asides his stage name – Xiumin, the K-pop star goes by the nickname BaoZi which means “little bun”. The alias was given to him because his favorite snack is steamed buns, and because of his handsome round face.
5. Xiumin Is The Co-founder of First EXO Sub-unit
In October 2016, Kim Min Seok, Beakhyun and Chen joined talents together to form the sub-unit of the EXO group called the EXO-CBX. The group debuted the same month with an extended play titled Hey Mama!.
6. He’s Unsurprisingly In Great Shape
At a height of 173 cm, Xiumin is among the shortest members of Exo with Tao and Kai taking the spot as the tallest members at 1.83 m and 1.85 m respectively. He weighs 57 kg which gives him an athletic build. The singer has dark brown eyes and dyes his hair with different colors, mostly brown.
7. These Are A Few Of His Favorite Things
Blueberry is the musician’s favorite flavor and blue is his most admired color. His favorite foods are kimchi soup and miso soup, Chinese hot pot, spicy Sichuan food, and huoguo. His favorite gadgets are cell phones, computers, and MP3 players.