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Hoya (ex. INFINITE) Profile, Bio, & Facts

Hoya (ex. INFINITE)
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Hoya (호야), also known as Lee Howon, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor and rapper under RISE Entertainment. He is a former member of the Kpop boy group INFINITE and currently in the crew MBITIOUS. He debuted solo on March 28, 2018 with the mini album ‘Shower’.

Hoya (ex. INFINITE) Profile

Stage NameHoya (호야)
Birth NameLee Ho-dong (이호동) | Legally changed to Lee Ho-won (이호원)
OccupationSinger, Actor, Rapper, Dancer 
BirthdayMarch 28, 1991
Active Years2010–present
Age33 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignAries
Height176 cm (5’9″)
Blood Type AB

Hoya (ex. INFINITE) Facts:

Early Life

– Lee Ho-won was born in Gupo-dong, Buk-gu, Busan, South Korea.
– He went to Towol Elementary School and Shinwol Middle School.
– He dropped out of Towol High School and passed his GED.
– He lived in Gupo for seven years and then moved to Changwon. He later moved to Busan with his family.
– He moved to Seoul as a trainee when he was 19 years old.

Personal Life

– His family consists of his parents, an older brother named Hojae (b. 1990) and a younger brother named Hojun (b. 1996).
– His father was not supportive of his dream at first but later allowed him to pursue music.
– He also attended Ahyeon Industrial Information School.
– His family lives in Incheon, South Korea
– He gained his associates degree from Daekyung University and later completed his bachelor’s from Hoseo University.
– He tried learning popping for a month but left as it wasn’t his type.
– The nerves in his joint are dead so his legs don’t move when they tap on his knees. (GET REAL S3 Ep. #23)
– His hobby is watching movies.
– He graduated with a master’s degree in Applied Music from Sejong University Graduate School of Convergence Arts.
– Hoya enlisted for his mandatory military service on February 7, 2019, and was discharged on December 6, 2020.
– His nicknames include Hogod, Hobaby, Dance Machine, Multi-Player, and HoBaby.
– When he is busy, he eats once a day.
Dongwoo thinks his most attractive features are his eyes and jawline.  (Hashtag)
– He and Feeldog have known each other for over 10 years and auditioned together for JYP.
– He used to dance with Wooyoung of 2PM in Busan (Radio Star ep 553).
– He is a fan of the Japanese actress Yu Aoi because she resembles his ideal type who is someone neat and lovely. (Music Bank)
– He practiced taekwondo up until middle school and holds a 3rd-degree black belt.
– His nicknames include ‘Dance Machine’, ‘Hogod’, ‘Multi-Player’, and ‘Hobaby’.
 – He started playing video games in junior high and once lied and bunked class to go to an internet cafe but felt like he would waste his life like that and quitted games cold turkey. (GET REAL S3 Ep. #23)
– He is friends with BIGSTAR/UNB’s Feeldog.
– He didn’t have his first birthday party because his older brother is one year older so he got his party but they were too poor to celebrate his birthday by then and his younger brother was born five years after so he also had his first birthday party. (GET REAL S3 Ep. #23)
– He used to speak in a thick Busan accent and used to get scolded a lot for it. It took him 3 months to change his accent.
– He and Dongwoo joined Woolim Entertainment on the same day and became friends because of their similar taste in hip hop. (Billboard)
– Hoya’s ideal type is someone he can respect, a girl full of ideas who speaks fluent foreign languages.


– Hoya was the Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, and Vocalist in INFINITE.
– He made his acting debut in 2012 in the drama ‘Reply 1997’.
– On August 30, 2017, it was announced that his contract with Woollim Entertainment expired and he decided to leave both the company and INFINITE.
– He was a member of the one-time subunit “Dynamic BLACK” along with 2AM’s Jinwoon, HIGHLIGHT’s Gikwang, MBLAQ’s Lee Joon, and former TEEN TOP’s L.Joe.
– He serves as a coach on the dance battle program “Dancing High.”
– He became a member of the crew Mbitious after participating in the reality show ‘Be Mbitious’ in 2022.
– His official fandom name is ‘Holy’.
– He used to train under JYP Entertainment prior to joining Woolim.
– He and L appeared in the drama ‘My Lovely Girl’.
– He was also a member of INIFINITE’s hip hop subunit “INFINITE H”.
– He was formerly under Glorious Entertainment (2017–2022), Yellow Flavor (2023–2024), and Illusion Entertainment (2022–2023).
– He and Feeldog were part of an underground hip-hop dance crew called “Two O’Clock” in Busan.
– He revealed that he left INFINITE because of differences in music taste and visions and the contract happened to expire around that time.

Likes & Dislikes

– His favorite delivery food is John’s Favorite at Papa John’s.
– He loves hamburgers and his favorite hamburgers include McDonald’s double bulgogi burger and crispy chicken burger.
– He prefers al dente ramen over overcooked ramen.
– He doesn’t like sashimi and soju.
– He likes samgyeopsal and ggaraetteok tteokbokki.
– He prefers ramen over pho.
– He is a fan of Chirs Brown, Eminem, and 2Pac. (Billboard)
– He likes to eat boneless chicken. 

Major Works

– His popular songs include ‘Angel’, ‘Baby U’, ‘All Eyes On Me’ and ‘Yesterday.’


– Hoya won the “Best New Actor” at the 36th Golden Cinema Festival in 2016.

Instagram: @isayhousayya
Twitter: @hoya1991 | HoWon_official | HoWon_Japan

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

Hoya Photos

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