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Jay (iKON) Profile, Bio, & Facts

Jay (iKON)

Jay (제이), formerly known as Jinhwan, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and a member of the boy group iKON under 143 Entertainment. He debuted solo on June 21, 2023 with the digital single “Paradise”.

Jay (iKON) Profile

Stage Name Jay (제이)
Birth NameKim Jinhwan (김진환)
OccupationSinger  
BirthdayFebruary 7, 1994
Active Years2013–present
Age30 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignAquarius
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb)
NationalityKorean
Blood TypeA
MBTI ISFP

Jay (iKON) Facts:

Early Life

– He was born in Jeju Island, South Korea.
– He went to Jeju Seo Middle School.
– He dropped out of Jeju High School and passed his GED.
– He lived in the Philippines for seven months when he was young.

Personal Life

– His family consists of his parents and older sister Kim Se-yeon.
– He is very close to Bobby and B.I.
Chan said Jay has the fastest reflexes in the group. (hello82)
– He has nine tattoos, including ones with meanings like “Reborn from the ashes” and his birthdate.
– The first artist to motivate him to become a singer was ‘SE7EN’. (THE STAR)

– There’s an online game where fans can dress up a virtual version of him.
– He prefers being sexy over being cute.
– He said he wouldn’t perform aegyo in front of his girlfriend but make her want to perform it.  (POPTEEN)
– According to his fellow members, he is quite flirtatious with fans and staff.
– Among the members, B.I said Jay is the bad boy type.
– Some members jokingly call him a narcissist because he believes everyone likes him.
– His standard of being sexy is doing one’s work well. (STUDIO JAMBOX)
– He calls Ju-ne first when he is feeling lonely.
– He said he has been to everyone’s house except for Chan. (1st Look)
– The artist who influenced him to become a singer is USHER.
– His motto is ‘Life is like a boomerang’. (VOGUE POP)
– A member he would’ve gotten closer to even without iKon is Ju-ne.
– He would rather spend a holiday with nothing to do and lay around than visit places he wanted to go.
– Jay’s ideal type is someone shorter than him who loves him deeply.
–  He has a heart mole under his eyes and have over 200 moles on his body. (iKON-ON : 2022)

Career

– Jay is the Leader, Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer in iKON.
– He was appointed as the group’s leader after B.I’s departure.
– He enlisted in the military on June 20, 2023 as a social service worker and will be discharged on April 19, 2025.
– He had to cancel his Japanese solo tour in July 2023 because he had to enlist in the military four days before.
– He was part of Team B during WIN.
– He appeared in Taeyang‘s “Ringa Linga” music video.
– He performed with AKMU‘s Suhyun.
– He and B.I. both appeared on the variety show “Mari and I.”

Likes & Dislikes

– He loves reading books and playing computer games.
– His favorite perfume is Jo Mal X.  (iKON-ON : 2022)
– He likes achromatic colors.
– He is scared of horror movies and likes to watch movies before falling asleep.
– He likes the movie ‘Her’.
– He loves pink color, especially hot pink. (Marie Claire Korea)
– He prefers Instagram over twitter.

Food Preferences

– He used to hate eggplants but now likes them. (iKON-ON : 2022)
– His favorite restaurant is Jamae Guksu’s noodle soup with pork. (Hallyu Top)
– He used to like eating sushi and ice cream but doesn’t anymore.  (iKON-ON : 2022)
– He likes Mapo ramen and curry.  

Abilities

– Jay is known as the wine expert in the group
– He is good at taekgyeon.
– He is the best at speaking Japanese in the group.
– He can speak Korean, Japanese, English, Tagalog, and Mandarin.
– He’s good at cooking.
– He can imitate the facial expressions of girl group members.
– He learned the trumpet for two years but left so he forgot how to play.
– He is good at memorizing choreographies but has difficulty in memorizing the lyrics.

Personality & Habits

– He considers himself a pacifist and arguments make him uncomfortable. 
– He can’t compliment himself because of his personality and often asks others about his music or performances.  
– He said he is not good at striking up conversations. (Marie Claire Korea)
– Members said that rather than getting angry he nicely points things out instead of lashing out.
– Jay said he is a considerate person and likes to get to know a person before confessing.  
– He said he rarely gets angry and even if he does he usually just brushes it off as he never takes things personally. (JJ Magazine 2018)
– He doesn’t mind being alone. (Hallyu Top)

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: @gnani_____
Twitter: @iKON_gnani_____ | @GNANI_OFFICIAL)

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

Jay Photos

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