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Changmin (TVXQ!/DBSK) Profile, Bio, & Facts


Changmin (창민), also known as Max, is a South Korean singer and actor under SM Entertainment. He is a member of TVXQ! (DBSK) and S.M. The Ballad. He made his solo debut on November 18, 2015, with the Japanese mini album ‘Close To You’.

Changmin (TVXQ!) Profile

Stage NameMax Changmin
Birth NameShim Changmin (심창민)
OccupationSinger-songwriter, Actor
BirthdayFebruary 18, 1988
Active Years2003–present
Age36 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignAquarius
Height186 cm (6’1″)
Weight61 kg (134 lbs)
Blood TypeB

Changmin (TVXQ!) Facts:

Early Life

– Changmin was born in Songpa-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
– He went to Songpa Elementary School and Bangi Middle School.
– He graduated from Gaepo High School.

Personal Life

– He doesn’t have many celebrity friends and most of his friendships are from his elementary or middle school.
– He dropped out of Kyunghee University College of Art and Design and later got his bachelor’s from Konkuk University (Film Studies).
– He completed his master’s from Inha University Graduate School (Cultural Management).
– He is the only TVXQ! member who follows Buddhism.
– He got cast in the 8th grade when he was playing badminton in gym class during school.  (17문 17답)
– He used to like playing baseball and basketball but now prefers to watch sports on TV.
– He likes to learn English and even took unofficial lessons from Yoochun for a period.
– He underwent LASIK surgery to correct his poor eyesight.
– His life satisfaction was 50% when he was 17 years old but now it’s close to 88% in his 30s.  (17문 17답)

– According to Yunho, Changmin dresses differently in Korea and Japan. When in Japan, he dresses casually but in Korea, he wears pastel colors like a college student. (Tohoshinki Interview ViVi)
– He was obsessed with getting better and improving in his young years and no matter how good the compliment would be, he wouldn’t feel good at all. (GQ May 2020)
– He was the first in SM Entertainment to have the “Snarky Maknae” image.
– If he could have his own golf team, he would include Minho (SHINee), Leeteuk (Super Junior) and Yunho.
– He doesn’t like large pieces of jewelry or earrings and likes feminine dresses on girls. (Tohoshinki Interview ViVi)
– His first ‘date’ with a girl was when he was a freshman in high school and he went to the river and held hands with his female friend and walked along the river talking. He said there was potential but the conversation was boring and there wasn’t much to talk about so it just ended there. 
– He has two younger sisters named Shim Soo Yeon and Shim Ji Yeon.
– Both of his parents are teachers.
– He finds it harder to deal with strong-minded women and likes someone who is interesting to talk to and can communicate well. (CREA Jan 2018)
– His mother wanted to meet BoA so she pursued him to audition.
– He wants to be born as a normal person if he could be born again.
– Changmin used to listen to Minho’s worries a lot as a senior after he debuted with SHINee and Minho has drank with Changmin the most in his life. (Allure Korea 2022)
– He used to write his diary in Japanese to keep up his language skills. (Tohoshinki Interview ViVi)
– His bag includes a tablet PC, men’s magazine, notebook, a book, neck pillow, wallet, card wallet, earphones, protein bar, pomegranate jelly, a health necklace, lip balm & lip gloss. (17문 17답)
– He has a pet dog named Buzzi.
– He studied to be certified as a wine sommelier. (DAEBAK SHOW S3 EP 7)
– He was confirmed to be dating a noncelebrity on December 30, 2019, and got married to her on October 25, 2020. His son was born on October 17, 2022.


– Changmin is the main vocalist and maknae in TVXQ!.
– He enlisted in the military on November 19, 2015, and was discharged on August 18, 2017, the same day as Super Junior’s Siwon.
– In 2003, he and Yunho debuted in TVXQ! along with Yoochun, Jaejoong, and Junsu.
– In 2021, he served as the MC for the show Kingdom: Legendary War.
– He released his first Japanese solo debut mini-album, Close To You, on November 18, 2015, and made his Korean solo debut on April 6, 2020, with the mini-album Chocolate.
– He has written many popular songs for artists including Taemin’s ‘Ace’, and a song on Kyuhyun’s debut album.
– He had a training period of one and a half years.  (Dive Studios)

Likes & Dislikes

– He enjoys all movie genres except horror.
– He doesn’t like to play sports as he hates getting injured.
– His favorite karaoke songs when he was 17 were ‘Reflection’, ‘Dwoning’, and ‘Backstreet Boys’. (17문 17답)

– He is a big fan of former professional basketball player Seo Jang-hoon.
– His favorite number has always been 2.
– He enjoys music, singing, and eating.
– He can’t stand a messy inbox.
–  He likes drinking and learning different types of alcohol. (Vogue Korea 2023)


– He is fluent in Japanese.
– He is the best swimmer in the group.
– Changmin has the highest IQ in SM Entertainment, with a score of 155.

Personality & Habits

– He feels stressed when he is pressured to work and likes to work in his own pace. 
– His philosophy in life is one should not cause harm to others while trying to promote himself. (Allure Korea 2022)
– He doesn’t get angry often but explodes when he does.
– He said he used to be easily swayed and controlled by thoughts and judgments of other people but now doesn’t feel burdened by it.
– He had a competitive and perfectionist personality in his younger years but now is more composed and calm. (GQ May 2020)
– He loves to stay indoors.
– SHINee’s Minho said that Changmin has a passionate side but also a very calm side.

– He often talks in his sleep but has no memory of it when he wakes up.

Major Works

– His popular songs include ‘Priority’, ‘Chocolate’, and ‘Devil’.


– In 2013, he won the “Newcomer of the Year” award at the Japan Academy Awards and “Best New Artist” award at the Japan Film Critics Awards for “Fly with the Gold”.

Instagram: changmin88

Streaming Platform Links
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