Unless you have been living under a rock, then you must surely know V. The South Korean singer, songwriter, and record producer is the main vocalist of the insanely successful k-pop band, BTS. The singer and his bandmates have topped the Billboard albums charts on multiple occasions and have also won several accolades, including being listed among Time Magazine’s 100 World’s Most Influential People of 2019. Discover more facts about V below, including his bio, net worth, career and so much more.
Who is V, the BTS Vocalist?
Although he has become widely known by his stage name V, it was as Kim Tae-Hyung that the singer was born on the 30th of December 1995. Born to South Korean parents, he is a native of Daegu in South Korea. While his parents’ names are not known, we know he has a younger brother named Kim Jong Gyu, and a younger sister named Kim Eun Jin. The singer spent his formative years in Geochang and Seoul.
He attended various educational institutions including Korean Arts High School as well as The Global Cyber University. V first aspired to be a musician when he was still in elementary school.
He started taking instrument lessons and later auditioned to join Bighit Entertainment. He was subsequently recruited as a trainee and eventually debuted with BTS in June 2013.
BTS made its official debut in June 2013 with the single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool. The album performed poorly and the band followed it up with other singles such as We Are Bulletproof Pt 2 and N.O. Both songs also failed to make a meaningful impact on the charts but V and his bandmates were unperturbed. They continued working hard and their perseverance paid off in January 2014 with their EP, Skool Luv Affair.
The EP not only sold 250,000 copies but topped the Korean albums chart. It also reached the number 3 spot on the Billboard’s world albums chart. Since this breakthrough, BTS has experienced the type of mind-blowing success that most musicians can only dream of. The group has also won numerous accolades and set several records on the global stage.
V (extreme left) with his bandmates image source
Does He Have a Girlfriend?
The BTS vocalist is still single and this does not come as a surprise. In the k-pop industry, idols sign long-term contracts with their agencies. These contracts often forbid then from dating as fans view any romantic relationship as some form of disloyalty. V and his bandmates have signed a second seven-year contract with BigHit and as such, it is safe to conclude that there won’t be any girlfriends in the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, the singer/dancer is not perturbed by his deficient love life as he is content to shower all his love on his pet dog, Tannie. V has had Tannie since it was a puppy and in June 2019, he shared a cute photo of them together on his Twitter handle. The photo literally broke the internet as it generated thousands of retweets.
How Much is BTS V (Kim Taehyung)’s Net Worth?
The singer/dancer has a net worth estimated at $8 million. His primary source of income is his illustrious career as a BTS member. Asides the significant revenue from their music, his band has also scored juicy endorsement deals with companies such as Puma, Dior, Fila, LG Electronics, Hyundai Motors, Lotte Duty Free Shop, Line, Mattel, KB Kookmin Bank, Coca-Cola Korea, Mediheal, VT Cosmetics, Play/Up, Lemona, Kwangjuyo, and Tokopedia, etc.
Another source of income for V is his thriving solo career. The vocalist has released several solo singles including Singularity, Stigma, Winter Bear, and Scenery. Scenery received generally positive reviews with specific praise for the nostalgic and sentimental qualities of the lyrics. The track was also a commercial success, recording no less than 100 million streams on SoundCloud.
How Tall is He?
V is 5 feet 10 inches tall (1.78m) and his weight is given as 62kg or 137lbs. The singer cum dancer boasts of a slim physique and this is apparently as a result of good genes as well as a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, V is a fan of piercings. He presently has at least five; three on his left ear and two on his right ear. The singer drove fans crazy when he supposedly unveiled the sixth piercing in May 2018. This latest piercing, however, turned out to be a fake one.
Other Interesting Facts About The Singer
1. His role model is his dad.
2. The singer was ranked fifth on TC Candler’s list of the most handsome faces of 2018.
3. He is nicknamed Blank Tae and this is because he often spots a blank expression.
4. His favorite food is Japchae (Korean stirred-fried glass noodles) and he also loves meat.
5. He and his bandmates are the youngest ever recipients of the order of cultural merit. They received the honor from South Korea’s president in 2019.