In June 2019, B.I, the beloved frontman of k-pop band – iKon, announced that he would be leaving the group. The report led to an outpouring of anguish and sadness amongst fans. There were also fears as to whether the group could survive his departure given that he was their backbone. So, why did B.I leave the group? Who are the remaining iKon members? All these and more questions are answered below.
Who are the Members of iKon?
Stage name – B.I
Real name – Kim Han Bin
B.I was the band’s leader, lead rapper, vocalist as well as dancer. He was born on the 22nd of October 1996 in Seoul, South Korea. He hails from a family of four comprising of him, his parents as well as a younger sister, Hanbyul. B.I is bilingual and speaks Japanese and Korean. He is also a versatile songwriter, and has penned songs for artists such as Gangnam Style crooner, Psy. His height is 5 feet 9 inches while his weight is given as 65kg or 143lbs.
Stage name – Bobby
Real name – Kim Ji Won
Bobby is the band’s main rapper as well as a vocalist. He was born on the 21st of December 1995 in South Korea. He, however, spent part of his formative years in the U.S. state of Virginia. Bobby hails from a family of four comprising of him, his parents as well as an elder brother. He is multilingual and speaks English, Korean and Japanese languages. He treasures foods, such as pizza and hamburgers, and also loves playing basketball. Bobby is 5 feet 10 inches tall and his weight is given as 65kg or 149lbs. He is said to be the physically-strongest iKon member.
Stage name – Jay
Real name – Kim Jin Hwan
Jay is the lead dancer and vocalist of iKon. He was born on the 7th of February 1994 in the South Korean city of Jeju-do. He hails from a family of four and has an elder sister named Seiyeon. Jay is another iKon member that is multilingual as he speaks Japanese, Korean and English languages. His hobbies include swimming and drinking wine, and he is said to be somewhat of a flirt. Jay is 5 feet 5 inches tall and his weight is as 121lbs.
Stage name – Song
Real name – Song Yoon Hyung
Song is the lead vocalist as well as centre and visual of iKon. He was born on the 8th of February 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. He hails from a family of four comprising of him, his mom, his dad and a younger sister named Eunjin. Song’s family owns a restaurant and as such, it is not surprising that cooking is one of his hobbies. Other favourite pastimes of his include cycling and acting. Song is a fan of American singer, Justin Timberlake. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and his weight is listed as 58kg or 128lbs.
Stage name – DK
Real name – Kim Dong Hyuk
DK is the main dancer of the group and also doubles as a vocalist. He was born on the 3rd of January 1997 in Seoul. He has a younger sister and his father passed away when he was just a child. DK is another iKon member who is multilingual as he speaks English, Japanese and Korea. He is also an excellent student and spent two years in the U.S. as part of an exchange program. DK is 5 feet 8 inches tall and his weight is given as 62kg or 136lbs.
Stage name – Ju-ne
Real name – Koo Jun Hoe
The multitalented Ju-ne doubles as the band’s lead vocalist as well as dancer. He was born on the 31st of March 1997 in Seoul. He hails from a family of four comprising of him, his parents and an elder sister named Yeijin. Ju-ne is acrophobic. He also dislikes sushi and seasoned food. His height is 6 feet 0 inches and his weight is given as 65kg or 143lbs.
Stage name – Chan
Real name – Jung Chan Woo
Chan is primarily a vocalist and was born on the 26th of January 1998 in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. He hails from a family of four comprising of him, his parents and an elder brother. Chan is bilingual and loves playing video games. He is also the youngest iKon member, and has appeared in Korean soaps such as Boys before Flowers. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and his weight is given as 62kg or 136lbs.
Why did B.I leave the group?
B.I left the band in June 2019 as a result of drug allegations. A South Korean news outlet, Dispatch, had published an investigative report which showed that the singer attempted to purchase marijuana and LSD from a drug dealer in 2016. The drug dealer was later apprehended but YG Entertainment (founders of the band) interfered in the investigation.
After the report was published, B.I took to his Instagram to sincerely apologise for his inappropriate actions. He stated that he sought the drugs, as a result of hard and trying times, but never took them. B.I’s post led to an outpouring of grief online as fans of the band called on him not to quit. Some also put up a petition on Change.org urging the singer to reconsider his decision. The petition has so far garnered more than 800,000 signatures.