Irene is the leader of the South Korean girl band Red Velvet who has gained popularity both locally and globally following the launch of her solo career in 2015. Beyond her ability to sing, the Daegu native also has a knack for rapping and modeling.
Irene was first revealed as a member of the quintet girl group in 2014 by SM Entertainment. Since then, her music career has taken a new course as she has won numerous accolades with the band which has been rated as one of the most popular Korean pop groups worldwide. Some of the awards she and the group have received include a Teen Choice Award, Melon Music Award, and a Golden Disc Award.
Profile of Irene
Bae Joo-hyun, who is known professionally as Irene, was born in Daegu, South Korea on 29th March 1991. Her professional name is said to have its roots from Greek mythology as it reportedly means goddess of peace. She has one sibling; a younger sister whose name is unknown.
Irene is an alumna of Haknan High School. In 2009, she became a trainee of South Korea’s largest entertainment company, SM Entertainment. She was later promoted to the talent agency’s pre-debut training team called SM Rookies created in 2013. The young aspiring singer underwent five years of training before she debuted as the original quartet line up of Red Velvet in 2014. Since their debut, the group has dropped two studio albums, one reissue album, and nine extended plays, a number of which have topped the Gaon Album Chart.
Other Facts and Everything You Need to Know About Her
Irene is a TV Host
Since launching her individual career in 2015, the singer has served as the host of several TV shows. From 2015 to 2016, she co-hosted the South Korean music program, Music Bank which airs on KBS2 along with Park Bo-gum. She followed it up by hosting twelve episodes of a fashion show called Laundry Day on OnStyle Network.
In 2017, the Red Velvet member returned as the co-host of Music Bank World Tour: Singapore and Music Bank World Tour: Jakarta. Other TV shows she has co-hosted include Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards, KBS Song Festival and SBS Super Concert in Taipei.
She Has a Flourishing Acting Career
The multi-talented singer who is known for her singing prowess has gone ahead to show off her acting skills in some TV series and movies. In 2015, she was featured in the documentary movie of SM Town titled, SM Town: The Stage. In the next year, she made a cameo appearance in the TV series, Descendants of the Sun and was also featured in Women at a Game Company where she played a lead role as Ah-reum. Irene also appeared alongside her bandmates in the variety show, Level Up Project!
In addition to her endorsement deals as a Red Velvet member, Irene has also gained individual endorsements. She modeled for Ivy Club in 2015 alongside EXO members and in the following year, she signed an endorsement deal with the US coffee brand, Maxwell House. She further modeled for the Hyundai Auto Advantage program and also became an endorser of Cooper Vision, a contact lens brand.
In 2018, Irene modeled for the vitamin brand Lemona. She additionally signed on the dotted lines for an ambassadorial gig with the French brand Eider that makes sports garments for mountaineering and ice climbing.
Irene was once rumored to be dating actor Park Bo-gum while they both co-hosted Music Bank. The chemistry between the two garnered attention and sparked the dating rumor as they were rated as one of the show’s best partnership in history. But as there was no substantial report to back up the rumor, it was taken to be false. Since that time, nothing much has been learned about her love life.
Music Video Appearances
Although Irene is yet to release her own songs or mini-albums, she has made appearances in multiple music videos. In November 2014, she appeared in the video for ‘At Gwanghwamun’ by Kyuhyun, a Korean singer, and TV host. Other music videos she has appeared in include Lau Henry’s ‘143’, ‘Why So Serious’ by SHINee and Raiden’s ‘The Only’.
Following her great performance on the KBS2 music program, Music Bank as a host, Irene gained a KBS Entertainment Awards nomination for Best Newcomer in the year 2015. She has also received a handful of awards and nominations as a member of Red Velvet.
Irene’s Net Worth
Having begun solo activities in 2015, Irene has been able to augment her finance through her works on television. She has additionally made a fortune following her participation in Red Velvet’s promotions as the girl group is ranked as one of the best K-Pop groups across the globe. With this, her net worth is said to be over $1 million.