Jaejoong seems to be a man of multiple talents. He can sing, dance, act, compose, and direct. It’s safe to say he’s a well-rounded entertainer, mesmerizing his audiences with his soft but also husky voice and stunning looks. There’s nothing he can’t do. Coming from a modest family, he had a strong ambition to get famous right from his childhood. Taking up part-time jobs at several places, right from convenience stores to delivering newspapers, the path to stardom has been quite rough for him.
Kim was born Han Jae-joon in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea. His real birthday, as revealed by his biological mother, is on 4 February. At a young age, he was given up for adoption by his biological mother to the Kim family, and his name was changed to Kim Jae-joong. Jaejoong is an ex-member of K-pop group TVXQ and a member of JYJ, a South Korean pop group formed in 2010 by Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu; three former members of TVXQ.
Their group name is taken from the initial letters of each member’s names. The group is managed by C-JeS Entertainment in Korea but currently functions as a duo after Yoochun left. Kim Jaejoong also left at one point. He began his mandatory military enlistment on March 31, 2015, during which he entered the Replacement Center in Paju, Gyeonggi Province. He was then discharged on December 30, 2016.
Fans were delighted to welcome Jaejoong back from his military service and were ecstatic when it was announced that he would be releasing a cooking book. It’s no news to fans that JaeJoong has always been a very good cook, so it’s not too hard to imagine how much they anticipated his upcoming book. Their wait came to an end on July 25, 2018, when Jaejoong announced the release of his first cookbook titled “Romantic Recipes.” Featuring French dishes and written in Japanese, the book contained 120 pages, including a DVD.
Despite stellar performances and a knack for keeping his fans hooked, not everything has been so smooth for the K-pop star. In August 2019, Jaejoong’s fans were met with a bit of disappointment regarding the artist’s Korean activities. It was previously stated that Kim Jaejoong would hold a solo concert at the closing ceremony of the K-World Fiesta 2019 on August 24. At the last minute, sales were canceled and it upset a lot of people who had purchased flight tickets from as far as Thailand to attend the show.
5 Interesting Things About Jaejoong You Probably Didn’t Know
1. Change of Name and Success in Japan
Jaejoong took on J-JUN as his new stage name in Japan. His September 2019 album Love Covers topped the iTunes J-pop chart in various countries. Fans were enthusiastically waiting for the release of the album and it had been the trending topic in Japan on Twitter for weeks. He is also the only Asian Artist on the iTunes TOP100 album chart in Colombia in both J-POP and All Genres Chart as #1. The cover album includes 7 classic Japanese songs that he chose based on the theme ‘Love.’
2. Jaejoong is a Panelist on Taste of Dating 2
On June 7, 2019, a representative from TV Chosun stated that Kim Jaejoong would be appearing on the TV Chosun variety program Taste of Dating 2 as a panelist. He would join other panelists in the studio to watch the cast members go on dates. Taste of Dating 2 is the second season of the dating reality show in which cast members go on blind dates with their ideal types and try to find true love.
3. He is the First-Ever Winner of the Excellence Award ACA
On October 6, 2019, the very first Asia Contents Awards (ACA) was held at Dongseo University’s Sohyang Theater in Centum City, Busan. The Asia Contents Awards celebrates TV dramas from Asian regions like South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the ASEAN countries. The nominees were chosen from dramas that aired within the past five years. Kim Jaejoong won the Excellence Award and is the first-ever winner.
4. He was Almost a Part of Miss Mom Jane
On September 6, 2019, it was reported that Kim Jaejoong was in talks to star in Channel A’s Miss Mom Jane. However, it fell through due to scheduling problems when the production schedule was delayed. The show was originally set to air in the second half of 2019 but has been pushed back to early 2020. Miss Mom Jane is a remake of the American comedy TV series Jane the Virgin which tells the story of 23-year-old virgin Jane who becomes pregnant after she is accidentally inseminated artificially by her gynecologist.
5. Who is his Love Interest?
When it comes to dating, Jaejoong is a pro, However, the girls who have had relationships with him so far are Jessica Jung, a former member of Girls’ Generation; Kim Jae-kyung, a group member and leader of Rainbow; Yu Abiru, a Japanese actress; Ayumi Hamasaki, a Japanese pop singer; and Mikiko Yano, a Japanese model.