B.I is a South Korean K-pop singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer under 131 Label. B.I made his solo debut on March 19th, 2021 with the single album “Midnight Blue (Love Streaming)”. He is also a former member of the group iKON.
Stage Name: B.I (비아이)
Birth Name: Kim Han Bin (김한빈)
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Record Producer, Dancer
Birthday: October 22nd, 1996
Active Years: 2009–present
Age: 27 (in Oct 2023)
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Height: 175 cm (5’9’’)
Weight: 60 kg (132 lbs)
Blood Type: O
– B.I was born in Cheonan, South Korea.
– He graduated from Ilsan Middle School.
– B.I lived in the USA when he was 3 years old and spent around 4 years there.
– B.I has a younger sister named Hanbyul, who is 15 years his junior.
– His hobbies includes walking and playing card games.
– According to his former group members in a profile on Arirang TV, he enjoys boxing as a form of exercise.
– He has a keen interest in South American culture. (“Weekly Idol” episode 306)
– During his free time, he used to go bowling or play video games with his former group members. (“Oppa Thinking” episode 9)
– Yang Hyunsuk, the founder of YG Entertainment, stated that he saw B.I as the next G-Dragon.
– As of 2022, he had never had a girlfriend, relying on his imagination to write songs.
– He draws inspiration from movies and books for his songs due to a lack of personal experiences.
– During the show “Mix and Match,” there was a moment when he couldn’t handle it anymore and disappeared. He was later found on a bench by the Han River, gathering his thoughts while writing lyrics. He expressed a desire to escape and withdraw from the world.
– He is close friends with former YG rapper ONE.
– iKON once moved out of their dorms and resided in two separate houses, with each member having their own room. B.I lived in the “Clean members” house with Chan and Song.
– He can sleep 12 hours on a holiday.
– Chan mentioned that B.I is the one who suggests practicing early Chan but ends up being the one who oversleeps and doesn’t wake up, as shared on “iKonic TV.”
– 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 is also a part of F’Club.
– He is scared of bugs.
– 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.
– His ideal type is someone who can be his bestfriend.
– He really loves his little sister Hanbyul.
– Ju-ne commented that it’s beneficial for B.I to be the leader because he possesses leadership skills, but he should try to smile more since his serious expression can appear intimidating. ( “Oppa Thinking” episode 9)
– He participated as a contestant on the show “Show Me The Money 3.”
– He joined YG Entertainment in 2011. (“Oppa Thinking” episode 9)
– He debuted as the leader of iKON on September 15, 2015, under YG Entertainment.
– 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.
– He 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,” on March 19, 2021. All proceeds and royalties from this album will be donated. The physical album was manufactured in 10 editions.
Likes & Dislikes:
– His favorite singer is Michael Jackson.
– He enjoys hiking.
– He has a strong affinity for Mickey Mouse and Pringles snacks.
– B.I really likes to go to zoo in his free time
– B.I is a fan of Red Velvet’s Seulgi and TWICE’s Dahyun.
Personality & Habits:
– According to a profile written by the iKON members on Arirang TV, he is very kind to animals.
– He is notorious for being difficult to wake up. Chan once called him 20 times without success. (iKonic TV)
– He revealed his MBTI personality type as INFJ, although he previously identified as INFP in an episode of “iKon TV.” (Get Real interview)
– Despite his aversion to aegyo (acting cute), he reluctantly performed it for the fans, even though he previously stated he wouldn’t do it if asked by YG.
– 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 B.I had tested negative for drug usage.
– In 2021, he admitted to prosecution with all the charges that is three accounts of marijuana usage and one account of LSD usage.
– He was sentenced 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.
– In 2018, B.I won the prestigious ‘Songwriter of the Year’ award for his contribution in the ‘Love Scenario’ song of iKon on Melon Music Awards.
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