Jessica Jung is a famous American born singer of South Korean heritage who was signed as a member of one of the highest-selling South Korean girl group called Girl’s Generation when she was barely a teenager. To date, she has managed to establish herself not just as a singer-songwriter, but also as an actress, a model, fashion designer, and businesswoman who has sixty fashion stores located all over the world. There is definitely more to Jessica Jung than meets the eye.
How Jessica Jung Became a Member of Girl’s Generation
Jessica Jung was born in San Francisco on the 18th of April 1989. She and her only sister were practically raised in San-Francisco as kids. When Jessica was just eleven years of age, she and her sister were spotted in a Korean shopping mall by a member of a “South Korean entertainment agency” called SM Entertainment; it is said that they were in South Korea on vacation.
In the year 2000, after consulting with her parents, Jessica was then signed to the company (SM Entertainment) while her sister, Krystal, was later signed as a member of the Korean girl group, F(x).
This contract required Jessica to relocate to South Korea and that was exactly what she did. On getting there, she was enrolled in the Korea Kent Foreign School. Apart from that, she also had to spend seven years as an artist in training before she was added to the South Korean girl group in 2007.
She Had a Smooth Rise to Fame Through The Group
The Girl’s Generation group was made up of nine girls of which Jessica was the very first girl signed to the group before other girls were added. The girls debuted on the 5th of August, 2007 to be precise. While with Girl’s Generation, Jessica, Tiffany, and Seohyun released two singles: “Mabinogi (It’s Fantastic!)” and “Love Hate”
On the 3rd of March 2008, Jessica collaborated with the boy group 8Eight for “I Will Love”, a song off their second album, Infinity. Although she was the one running the ad-lib harmony in the song, she didn’t appear in the video. She also did duets with other successful South Korean acts including some of her group members. Some of the duets include one with Park Myung-soo on the song “Naengmyeon”, and another with Onew, a member of the popular South Korean boy band, Shinee; this was for the song “One Year Later”.
Having performed both in South Korea and on numerous international platforms, Girl’s Generation became one of South Korea’s most popular girl groups. Their fame spread across the globe and as one would expect, it rubbed off on Jessica who became vastly celebrated.
Here’s Why She Was Dismiss from The Group in 2014
Being an enterprising young fellow that wouldn’t think twice about making the best use of the opportunities that come her way, Jung milked the fame that came with being a member of Girl’s Generation and spread her wings to other facets of show business.
Among other things, she kick-started her acting career and launched Blanc & Eclare in early 2014. Blanc & Eclare is a luxury fashion brand that has come to be known for its clothing, eyewear, skincare, and accessories.
As she also got into modeling, it became difficult for Jung to keep up with the schedules of Girl’s Generation. Her business activities began to clash with the group’s schedules, forcing the management of the group to give her the boot.
Jessica took it quite gracefully even though she believes she was “forced out” of the group. In a statement she issued, the entertainer disclosed that she was asked to leave Girl’s Generation by SM Entertainment and other members of the group.
Solo Music Career and Acting Has Helped Her Grow Her Wealth
After she was dismissed from the group with which she started her career, she wasted no time in going solo. She did well alone, or enough to get the attention of Coridel Entertainment with which she signed in 2016. That same year, she dropped her debut extended play titled “With Love, J”. It was a successful effort as the first 60,000 copies of the EP sold out a day before the release date. Also, the music video if the EP’s debut single, Fly, accumulated over 2 million views within 24 hours of its release.
As Jessica Jung has kept up with making good music, earnings from tours and record sales have become a significant source of income for her. This is also true for acting as she has been a part of several films and TV shows.
Her exploits as an actress have been traced back to 2008 when she made a cameo appearance in the TV sitcom Unstoppable Marriage. Her other TV projects include Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun! (2009), Oh! My Lady (2010), and Wild Romance (2012). You will also find her in Jessica & Krystal, Beauty Bible, Mix Nine, and as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.
Jessica Jung’s big-screen projects are, I Am (2012), I Love That Crazy Little Thing (2016), Two Bellmen Three, and My Other Home. It is hard to tell what she was paid for all these roles but there is no doubt that they gave a boost to her net worth. It was a significant one that warranted eliciting the service of the United Talent Agency to represent her in North America.
Blanc & Eclare Is Perhaps The Major Source of Her $16 Million Net Worth
Apart from the wealth that Jessica has accumulated from her career as an entertainer, she has done well for herself as the founder of Blanc & Eclare. The luxury fashion brand launched in August 2014 has grown over the year to such extent that it is believed in some quarters to be the major source of income for the Korean-American singer.
It is not hard to see why this is so. The luxury fashion brand now has no fewer than 60 stores scattered across the globe and in popular cities like Vancouver, Taiwan, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and New York.
Given that, it is not out of place to conclude that the enterprise has contributed a large chunk of Jessica Jung’s wealth estimated at a massive $16 million.
Why Jessica Jung’s Love Life Was Initially a Secret
Due to how beautiful and skillful Jessica is, as well as the romantic songs she sings, fans have been very curious about her love life but until she parted ways with Girl’s Generation, Jung’s relationship status was a secret.
This was probably so because, in the K-pop entertainment world, stars under a particular label are mostly required to keep their dating profiles to themselves. In extreme cases, most of the acts are not expected to have any relationship while still signed as an artist under an entertainment company. This clause becomes void only when their contracts expire.
This has basically been the major reason fans don’t know any detail about the private life of their beloved stars in the industry. It was possibly the case for Jessica until she was dismissed from Girl’s Generation.
The Singer Has Been Dating Tyler Kwon
Jessica Jung’s relationship status was revealed after the termination of her contract. It happened that she had been dating Tyler Kwon whom she met in 2013. From what we have learned, Tyler is a Korean-American businessman and a graduate of the University of Michigan; he was born on the 9th of June 1980.
Beyond being a successful businessman and a media mogul, Tyler has been a significant part of Jessica’s career, especially after she was kicked out of Girl’s Generation. He is the founder of Coridel Entertainment which picked Jung up in 2016; it is said that he founded the establishment in 2015. Also, it has been reported that Kwon is one of the biggest investors in Jessica’s Blanc & Eclare.
The pair are rumored to be planning a wedding sooner than later. One thing we know is that marriage has been on Jessica’s mind for a while seeing that most of her friends have already gotten married and started a family.