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Seungri (ex. BIGBANG) Profile, Bio, & Facts

Seungri
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Seungri (승리), also known as VI, is a former South Korean singer, actor, and member of the boy group BIGBANG. He debuted solo on January 20, 2011, with the mini album ‘V.V.I.P’.

Seungri (ex. BIGBANG) Profile

Stage NameSEUNGRI (승리)
Birth NameLee Seung Hyun (이승현)
OccupationSinger
BirthdayDecember 12, 1990
Active Years2006–2019
Age33 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignSagittarius
Height177 cm (5’10”)
Weight60 kg (132 lbs)
NationalityKorean
Blood TypeA
MBTIN/A
Representative EmojiN/A

Seungri (ex. BIGBANG) Facts:

Early Life

– Seungri was born in Wolgye-dong, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju, South Korea.
– He went to Jeong-am Elementary School and Chungok Middle School.

Personal Life

– He has a younger sister named Hanna.
– He dropped out of Sungui Technical High School and passed his GED.
– Seungri said that people believe that has a lot of interesting stories to tell so whenever he is with G-Dragon or T.O.P, everyone starts talking to him first.
– His dark circles means ‘steadiness’ to him because it’s something that’ll never change about him. (GQ 2011)
– He dropped out of Chung-Ang University and later enrolled at International Cyber ​​University.
– He doesn’t buy clothes with G-Dragon because his styles are too different from him.
– Fans and Big Bang members nicknamed him “Panda” due to his dark eye circles and his collection of panda-related items.
– He thinks that if one is too polite, he wouldn’t survive in this world. (GQ 2011)
– In 2015, joined the FC MEN celebrity soccer club, playing as a forward with the number 11.
– T.O.P said that once all members were called into the YG chairman’s room and were getting scolded and Seungri started saying ‘Please scold us more!’ while looking down, the chairman couldn’t believe him and hit him on the head for his absurdity. He later said he thought they were wrong so he felt it was natural to say that. [Go Show (120420)]
– G-Dragon initially ignored him for three months, upset that Big Bang ended up with 5 members, but they later bonded because they both loved the 2006 drama “Princess Hours.”
– He moved to Seoul from Gwanju at the age of 16.
– He tends to exaggerate a lot according to other members.
– If he were a woman, he would date himself among Big Bang members out of curiosity.
– He started learning Japanese to surpass other Big Bang members’ language skills. (My Little Old Boy)
– He used the name Richard Lee during his first jiu-jitsu match in 2017.
– Seungri’s ideal type is a woman with a cute voice. (Cultwo Show 2013)

Career

– Seungri was the lead dancer, vocalist, maknae in BIGBANG.
– YG scouted him after his participation in the survival program “Let’s Coke Play! Battle Shinhwa.”
– He, Daesung, and T.O.P were later added in the final line up of the group as BIGBANG was originally a duo with G-Dragon and Taeyang.
– Initially, he was eliminated from joining Big Bang but he returned.
– He also auditioned for SM Entertainment.
– His title track “1, 2, 3” was originally intended for BLACKPINK, and Rose had already recorded the song. (VLive)
– He participated in musicals “Sonagi” (2008) and “Shouting!” (2009).
– He appeared in many dramas including “Angel Eyes (엔젤아이즈)”, “The Files of Young Kindaichi – Lost in Kowloon” and “Lights and Shadows (빛과 그림자)”.
– He has choreographed numerous dances for Big Bang.
– He established “Seungri’s Academy,” a dance academy where many well-known idols, including BTS’s J-HOPE, WINNER’s Jinwoo, KARA’s Goo Hara, EXID’s Seo Hyerin, VIXX’s Hyuk, and more, attended.
– He had his own Netflix show called “YG Future Strategy Office” premiering on October 5, 2018.
– He is a former CEO of Yuri Holdings and Aori Ramen’s company (Aori FNB), Natural High Record, and former executive director of Burning Sun Entertainment.
– He starred in many movies including ‘Love Only (宇爱同游)’, ‘High & Low: The Movie’, and ‘Big Bang Made (빅뱅 메이드)’.
– He enlisted in the military on March 9, 2020, at the 6th Infantry Recruit Training Center in Gangwon Province.
– His contract with YG was officially terminated at his request on March 13, 2019.

Likes & Dislikes

– He likes listening to electronic music. (GQ 2011)
– He cannot eat raw fish. (Happy Together)
– His favorite Singaporean food is Chilli Crab and Pepper Crab. (CNA Interview)
– He likes simple fashion. 
– His favorite Malaysian dish is Nasi Goreng. (K-popped!)
– He likes to go to Orchard Road/Sentosa when he is in Singapore. (Straits Time)

Abilities

– He is fluent in English, Japanese, and Mandarin.
– He holds a black belt in taekwondo.
– He is skilled at grilling meat. 

Personality & Habits

– T.O.P said when he is drunk, he becomes energetic and excitable.
– He dislikes awkward silence and feels a responsibility to uplift the mood.
– He has a confident and talkative personality.

Burning Sun Scandal & Imprisonment

– In 2019, Seungri faced numerous allegations related to his affiliation with the club Burning Sun, where he served as a creative director and shareholder. The allegations involved accusations of drug use and organizing sexual favors for investors.
– He was part of a business chatroom where Jung Joon Young shared illegal footages of women.
– He announced his retirement from the entertainment industry on March 11, 2019.
– On January 31, 2020, he was indicted without detention for charges including organizing prostitution, habitual gambling, and illegal foreign currency trade.
– On September 16, 2020, he denied all charges except for violations of the Foreign Exchange Transaction Act.
– He was sentenced to a three-year prison term and fined 1.15 billion won (US$990,000) on August 12, 2021.
– His prison sentence was reduced to 18 months on January 27, 2022, after he pleaded guilty to all charges. (NME)
– On June 8, 2022, he, who had been imprisoned in a military facility, was discharged and transferred to Yeoju Prison.
– On February 9, 2023, Seungri was released from prison.

Major Works

– His popular songs include ‘1,2,3!’, ‘Gotta Talk To U’ and ‘WHERE R U FROM’.

Awards

– In 2018, he won the “Scene Stealer Award” at the 12th SBS Entertainment Awards and the “Hallyu Star Award” at the 2nd Korea China International Film Festival.

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Streaming Platform Links
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