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Minho (SHINee) Profile, Bio, & Facts

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Minho (민호) is a South Korean singer, rapper, actor, and a member of the boy group SHINee under SM Entertainment. He made his solo debut on December 6, 2022, with the mini album ‘Chase’.

Minho (SHINee) Profile

Stage NameMinho (민호)
Birth NameChoi Min Ho (최민호)
OccupationSinger, Rapper, Actor, Lyricist
BirthdayDecember 9, 1991
Active Years2008–present
Age32 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignSagittarius
Height181 cm (5’11”)
Weight60 kg (132 lbs)
Blood TypeB

Minho (SHINee) Facts:

Early Life

– Minho was born in Incheon, South Korea.
– He went to Incheon Yeonseong Elementary School and Incheon Yeonseong Middle School.
– He transferred from Yeonsu High School and graduated from Konkuk University College of Education High School.

Personal Life

– His family consists of his parents and older brother.
– He graduated from Konkuk University College of Art and Design in 2015 with a degree in Arts and Culture Film and later pursued his master’s in Film Acting from Konkuk University Graduate School of Art and Design.
– His father, Choi Yun-kyum, is a professional soccer coach and a retired player.
– He wanted to be a professional soccer player like his father but his father greatly discouraged him, even threatening to kick him out of the house.  His father stated that the football world was harsh and also because his father believed that Minho could not make it because of his small frame.
– His mother had a conception dream that every drawer in the kitchen was full of baskets every time it was opened. (Allure Korea)
– He and Key used to fight a lot during their trainee years and they once fought after Key didn’t clean up after himself when Minho told him to do so. Key started swearing because they both were the same age and he got offended for being told what to do. (Knowing Bros)
– He has the biggest appetite among all SHINee members.
– He would choose the person he likes over the person who likes him. (Godiva Korea)
– Minho’s official color is orange, and his fans are called “flames”.
– He loves wearing black and his closet is full of black clothes. He tends to avoid colorful clothes because they stand out too much.  (Marie Claire Korea)

– He is very athletic and has won first in ‘Men’s high jump’, ‘Men’s 50-metre hurdles’ and ‘Mens swimming 50m’ in ISAC. (GQ Korea Paper Interview)
– He has one of the best football skills among Korean celebrities. (Korea Joongang Daily)
– He started to develop an interest in golf after he couldn’t hit the ball and was scoring in the 100s so he felt angry and wanted to improve more. He used to practice for five to six hours during his free time until his hands developed blisters. (GQ Korea Magazine)
– If he could be born as any member’s son, he would like to be Key’s son so he could bother him. (Marie Claire Korea)
– Minho described his ideal type as “I like it when a girl pushes her hair out of her face by tucking her hair over her ear while she is working hard on something. It’s the little things like this that I like.”
– All the members felt super embarrassed of him because he couldn’t wait to meet them so immediately after his military discharge,  he went to meet them directly with his military outfit on. (MBC WORLD)
– His traveling suitcase includes sneakers, flip-flops, a shoebag, a charger, an Apple iPad, Airpods, wired earphones, wallets, glasses, Fan letters, caps, nutritional supplements, lotion, and perfume. (Vogue Korea)
– He shared the room with Super Junior members during his trainee years. (Super Junior Reaction)
Taemin said Minho and Key are like an old married couple.


– Minho is the main rapper, sub vocalist, and visual in SHINee.
– He and f(x)’s Amber collaborated on a song called “The Llama Song.”
– He was discovered in 2006 at S.M. Casting System.
– He made his acting debut in November 2010 with the drama ‘Pianist’.
– He was featured in Cosmopolitan’s list of “Ab-Tastic moments in 2015.”
– In 2015, he participated in KBS’s show “Exciting India” alongside TVXQ‘s Changmin, Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun, CNBLUE‘s Jonghyun, INFINITE‘s Sunggyu, and EXO‘s Suho.
– He appeared in Girls’ Generation’s “Gee” MV.
– He was voted as one of the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by Vogue fashion magazine in 2017.
– He was hospitalized for a facial mishap while filming “Battle of Jangsari 9.15”.
– He enlisted in the Marine Corps on April 15, 2019, and was discharged on November 15, 2020.
– He has acted in many popular dramas including “Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth”, “Lovestruck in the City”, “Yumi’s Cells” and “The Fabulous”.
– In 2018, he became the first Korean idol to promote the largest shopping event in Korea known as the ‘Korea Sale Festa’.

Likes & Dislikes

– His favorite ballad song includes ‘Cant Sleep’ by Jang Beom June.
– He loves black and white colors. 
– His favorite perfume is Creed Aventus. (Vogue Korea)
– He likes listening to R&B music and is not a fan of classical music. (S€€K vol.21)
– His favorite driver movie is “Baby Driver”. 

– He is a fan of the soccer team ‘Arsenal F.C’ and he likes Los Angeles Lakers in basketball.
– His favorite emoji is the fire emoji (🔥).
– He has liked to wear simple styles since he was young.
– He loves romantic movies like ‘Notting Hill’. (Minho’s TMI)
– His favorite player is Thierry Henry.

Food Preferences

– His favorite winter food is tteokbokki. (ELLE Singapore)
– He loves to eat spicy food. 

– His favorite Japanese foods include Hitsumabushi (grilled eel), ramen and motsunabe (hot pot), and teppanyaki. (SeeK Vol.020)
– His soul foods are Yukgaejang and sundaeguk. (Marie Claire Korea)
– He prefers pork belly with soju over chicken with beer.
– He loves to eat fruits, especially peaches. (RADIOSTAR #EP.792)


– His nicknames include “Flaming Charisma”, “Minon”, “ChoiTender”, “passion-dol”, and “Squirtle”.
– He is considered to be in the line “reindeer face” in SM and thinks NCT’s Jaehyun is next in line to inherit this.
– Changmin of TVXQ nicknamed him “Human light emitting diode” and Onew gave him the name “Minoman”. (Marie Claire Korea)

Personality & Habits

– Choi Min Ho said that the biggest misunderstanding people have about him is that he is passionate and full of energy but he tends to give up fast on things he isn’t good at.  (Minho’s TMI)
– He has the habit of eating before he showers. (RADIOSTAR #EP.792)

– He is very competitive and Key said Choi Min Ho was suited to work in the Marine Corps because of his passionate personality.
– He has a flexible mindset, according to Onew. 
– He relieves his stress by working out. 
– He hums a lot in the car and listens to music all the time while driving. (S€€K vol.21)

Major Works

– His popular songs include “Heartbreak”, “Chase” and “I’m Home”.


– He won the New Star Award for his role as Kang Tae-Joon in the drama “To The Beautiful You” in 2012 at the SBS Drama Awards.
– In September 2017, he received a Special Award at the Indonesian Television Awards 2017 for his acting and was the first Korean artist to be awarded in the show.

Instagram: @choiminho_1209

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