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B.I (ex. iKON) Profile, Bio, & Facts

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B.I (비아이) is a South Korean  singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer under 131 Label. He is a former member of the Kpop boy group iKON. He debuted solo on March 19, 2021 with the single album “Midnight Blue (Love Streaming)”.  

B.I (ex. iKON) Profile

Stage NameB.I (비아이)
Birth NameKim Han Bin (김한빈)
OccupationSinger, Songwriter, Rapper, Record Producer, Dancer
BirthdayOctober 22, 1996
Active Years2009–present
Age27 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignLibra
Height175 cm (5’9’’)
Weight60 kg (132 lbs)
Blood TypeO

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B.I (ex. iKON) Facts:

Early Life

– B.I was born in Cheonan, South Korea.
– He went to Hanmoe Elementary School.
– He dropped out of Ilsan Middle School and passed his GED for middle school and high school.
– He lived in the USA when he was 3 years old and spent around 4 years there.

Personal Life

– He has a younger sister named Hanbyul, who is 15 years his junior.
– He wouldn’t mind performing agyeo in front of his girlfriend. (POPTEEN)
– When he is having a hard time, he doesn’t talk to his family on the phone but directly goes home. (JJ Magazine 2018)
Song said he likes to cook for Hanbin the most because he often skips meals while working.
– His ideal way of spending a day is sleeping 12 hours, eating, making music and sleeping again.
– B.I considers ‘The Beatles’ as his real life heroes. (Mindset)
– Among Jay, Bobby, and himself, he was the first to learn dancing and taught the other two. (“Oppa Thinking” episode 9)
He can speak Korean and Japanese.
– He always carries the principle ‘animals and children must be protected’.  (Hallyu Top)
He can sleep 12 hours on a holiday.
– He is close friends with Lee Hi.
– He said when all members used to live in the dorms, Bobby, Ju-ne and DK were the messiest members. (Oggi Magazine)
– His skincare routine is washing face properly, mosturizing and drinking lots of water.
– He looks forward to coming home and lying on the bed the most after finishing a concert.
– He would rather go 100 years in the future than go back in time.
– When he meets people for the first time, the first thing he notices is their eye color. (BuzzFeed UK)
– B.I’s ideal type is a woman who has a comfortable aura and strong eyes and is cheerful to be around. Similar to Kim Ji Won (Get It Beauty)
– He is close friends with former YG rapper ONE.
– He said he often thinks of Kim Ji Won when composing a song and considers her his muse.
– A song that always makes him happy is ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.
– His favorite nickname from his fans is ‘Mechuri’ because it sounds cute. 
– His interests include vintage digital cameras, camcorders and basketball.
– One of his core memories include when he was catching dragonflies at an English camp in Paju when he was in 5th or 6th grade. (BuzzFeed Celeb)
– His favorite rap is from Eminem ‘Eight Mile’.
– He has an interest in South American culture.
– He was roommates with Chan and Song.
– He is also a part of F’Club.
– Yang Hyunsuk, the founder of YG Entertainment, stated that he saw B.I as the next BIGBANG’s G-Dragon
He is scared of bugs.
– He would date Song or Jay if he were to date any member as a girl.  (ASK IN A BOX)
– Song said he is fun to hang around with.
He really loves his little sister Hanbyul.
Ju-ne once said that he should smile more as his serious look can appear intimidating.
– One thing he can’t get used to is working out and weight training because he doesn’t like it
– He loves to wear a military look so he often prefers to wear a lot of khaki and earthy colored clothes.
– His favorite childhood memories consist of hanging around with his friends and playing.
– He draws inspiration from movies and books for his songs due to a lack of personal experiences.
– He would describe himself in one word as an ‘average person’. (Hallyu Top)


– B.I debuted as the Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub-Vocalist of iKON on September 15, 2015, under YG Entertainment.
– He participated as a contestant on the show “Show Me The Money 3.”
– He joined YG Entertainment in 2011. (“Oppa Thinking” episode 9)
– He wrote and composed all of iKON’s songs, as well as composed Winner’s “Empty,” contributed to Epik High‘s “Born Hater,” Blackpink‘s “Whistle,” and three songs by PSY: “Bomb,” “Last Scene,” and “Auto Reverse.”
– He appeared in Taeyang‘s “Ringa Linga” music video and Epik High’s “Born Hater” music video.
– He was a member of Team B on the survival show “WIN.”
– He and Jay were both participants on the variety show “Mari and I.”
– He was previously associated with IOK Company as an executive producer but left the company in 2022.
B.I left iKON following the drug allegations on June 12th, 2019.
He went on hiatus and served his sentence for the drug allegations and made a comback in 2021 by getting featured in the song ‘Acceptance Speech’ of  tenth studio album of Epik High ‘Epik High is here 上 (Part 1)’.
– He made his solo debut under 131 Label, a subsidiary of IOK Company.
– As part of the LOVE STREAMING project, he released his first solo album, “Midnight Blue,” all proceeds and royalties from this album would be donated.  

Likes & Dislikes

His favorite singer is Michael Jackson.
He enjoys hiking.
– He is a fan of Red Velvet‘s Seulgi and TWICE‘s Dahyun.
– He likes the movie Inception and considers ‘UP!’ from Pixar as his comfort movie.
– He prefers to wear comfortable clothes.
– His favorite scent is the smell of shampoo.
– He doesn’t like watching k-dramas but is a fan of the drama ‘Be Melodramatic’.
– His favorite Korean artists include ‘Crying Nut’. (COSMOPOLITAN PHILIPPINES)
– He loves the song ‘I Will’ by The Beatles.
– His favorite movies are romantic comedies and heart-throbbing genres. (JJ Magazine 2018)
– He loves the anime FullMetal Alchemist and Slam Dunk.
– His favorite books include ‘Cosmos’ by Carl Sagan.

Food Preferences

– His favorite foods include hamburgers.
– He likes to eat french fries and mashed potatoes.
– His favorite Japanese foods include Abure soba and Don Quijote.  
– He likes to eat Pringles as snacks.
– He used to hate eating vegetables but doesn’t anymore. (Hallyu Top)

Personality & Habits

 – He hates to perform agyeo.
– Jay said B.I is a straight forward guy and if he likes a girl, he will let her know his feelings.  (Oggi Magazine)
– He loves people who like to laugh a lot because he feels happy in their presence.
– He said he is not the type to laugh much and also doesn’t experience mood swings.
– He is more of the ‘i feel lonely’ type over ‘i’m fine even if i am alone’. (Hallyu Top)
– Bobby said he is not a complicated person.  
– He said he is not the type to contact anyone even if he is lonely.
– He said he has difficulty concentrating on things/tasks he doesn’t like. (JJ Magazine 2018)
– He has a hard time waking up in the morning and Chan once called him 20 times without success. (iKonic TV)


– He has three tattoos so far: one on his left chest saying “Nihilism,” one on his right hip bone saying “like father like son, like master like man, for the kingdom of heaven,” and one on his shoulder blade depicting a paper plane being carried by balloons.

Drug Controversy

– On June 12, 2019, Dispatch reported that B.I was accused of attempting to illegally purchase drugs in 2016.
– Although the police were aware of the incident, no investigation took place.
– On the same day, YG Entertainment announced that B.I had decided to leave the band and terminate his exclusive contract in light of the drug scandal.
– On February 27, 2020, the police confirmed that he had tested negative for drug usage.
– In 2021, he admitted to prosecution with all the charges that are three accounts of marijuana usage and one account of LSD usage.
– He was sentenced to 3 years of incarceration, 40 hours of drug education course, fine of 1.5 million krw, 80 hours of community service and 4 years of probation period.


– B.I has been making private donations to Seungil Hope Foundation since 2016.
– In 2020, he donated 100,000 face masks to China, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, and Vietnam for COVID relief.
– His debut single album ‘Midnight Blue’ was a charity album whose earnings he donated to World Vision to support the children in crises.

Major Works

– His popular songs include ‘BTBT (ft. DeVita)’, ‘Keep Me Up’ and ‘illa illa’.


– In 2018, B.I won the prestigious ‘Songwriter of the Year’ award for his contribution in writing iKON’s song ‘Love Scenario’ on Melon Music Awards.


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