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Taemin (SHINee) Profile, Bio, & Facts


Taemin (태민) is a South Korean singer, dancer, and a member of the boy group SHINee under SM Entertainment. He is also a member of the supergroup Super M. He made his solo debut on August 18, 2014, with the mini album ‘ACE‘.

Taemin (SHINee) Profile

Stage NameTaemin (태민)
Birth NameLee Tae Min (이태민)
OccupationSinger, Lyricist, Actor, Dancer
BirthdayJuly 18, 1993
Active Years2008–present
Age31 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignCancer
Height175 cm (5’9″)
Weight58 kg (128 lbs)
Blood TypeB

Taemin (SHINee) Facts:

Early Life

– Taemin was born in Seoul, South Korea.
– He went to Seoul Theological Elementary School.
– He transferred from New Vacation Middle School and graduated from Cheongdam Middle School.

Personal Life

– His fandom name is ‘Taemints’ and his fandom color is yellow.
– He attended Hanlim Multi Art School and later transferred from Chungdam High School to Myongji University, majoring in Musical and Film.
– He earned his bachelor’s from Myongji University from the Department of Motion Picture and Musical.
– He has an older brother.
– If he could be born as any member’s son, he would like to be Key’s son as he thinks Key would be respectful to his son’s opinions. (Marie Clarie Korea)
– He often wears skinny jeans. 
– He is a role model to many K-pop idols including BTS Jimin, ATEEZ’s Seonghwa, NCT’s Mark Lee, and SEVENTEEN’s Hoshi. (NME)
– He is sensitive to heat and turns on the AC earlier than everyone else.
– He considers peeling sesame leaves for someone as flirting. (TAEMIN’s Q&A)
– He is a Catholic Christian. His baptismal name is Francesco.
– He is fluent in Korean and Japanese.
– He is close friends with Kai (EXO), Ravi (ex VIXX), Jimin (BTS), Timoteo (HOTSHOT), and Sungwoon (ex Wanna One).
– His conception dream was that his mother said that her living room was full of golden toads. (Allure Korea)

– He has a fear of bugs.
– He calls his fans “Jjakkoongs” (partners) so he named his cat “Kkoong” and later named his second cat “Daeng” so it became “DaengKkoong” which is a Korean word used to joke about buttocks. (SeeK Vol.022)
WayVs Ten also considers him as a role model. (Ten’s GQ Thailand Interview 2023)
– He is nicknamed ‘baby cheese’ by Minho. (GQ KOREA Paper Interview)
– He started learning the piano in elementary school.
– He feels it’s more attractive to make negative things look beautiful. (NME)

– He used to think about work all day and thought he would live and die on the stage but now focuses on his personal life and hobbies too. (teenvogue)
– He usually shops for pants, shoes, necklaces, and various other fashion-related items. 
– Taemin’s ideal type is someone who is consistent and reveals their true self from the start.
– He fell in love with dancing after watching Michael Jackson’s performance in sixth grade.
– His nicknames include Handy Boy Taemin, Maknae Taemin, Tae, Taememe, Dancing Machine, Taeminnie, and Taem.

– He usually listens to calm music. (Femina India)


– He is the main dancer, sub-vocalist, & maknae in SHINee.
– He is also a member of the supergroup Super M. He is the main dancer, main vocalist, & center in the group.
– He began his training in 2005 through S.M. Open Weekend Audition Casting.
– He served as a mentor on “The Unit.”
– During his appearance on “We Got Married,” he was paired with Apink’s Naeun.
– He enlisted in the military on May 31, 2021, and due to worsening symptoms of depression, anxiety, and panic disorder, it was announced on January 14, 2022, that Taemin would complete the rest of his military service as a public service worker. He was discharged on April 4, 2023.
– His first Japanese concert ‘Sirius’ sold out all 32 shows in 16 cities in Japan.
– He collaborated with Jonghyun and sang the OST for the drama ‘Who Are You: School 2015’.
– He was a part of the collaboration “STATION X 4 LOVEs for Winter Part.1” with artists BoA, J-Min, Siwon (Super Junior), Sunny (SNSD), Suho (EXO), Wendy (Red Velvet) & Doyoung (NCT).

 Likes & Dislikes

– His favorite part of the house is the living room as he can eat, sleep and watch tv all in the same room.
– He likes purple color the most.

– His favorite part of the day is sunset.
– He is a fan of the singer Sia.
– His favorite scent is perfume but after having pets, he stopped using it in the house and uses scented body lotions instead. (TAEMIN’s Q&A)
– He used to like maniac-style movies as well as horror and thriller movies in the past but now usually watches mainstream movies as those types of movies are energy-draining. (탬로그 6v6 Taemin)
– He likes coconut or vanilla scents but also likes smokey fragrances as a combination.

– His favorite emoji is the melting face emoji (🫠). 

Food Preferences

– He dislikes cucumbers.
– He likes to eat sweet things like honey bread, ice cream, sprinkles, and chocolate.
– He loves to eat pork belly and can even eat 9 servings. (Reveal My Star EP253)
– He likes to eat mint chocolate.
– He loves malatang and usually lets his friend decide on the toppings.
– He can drink about one and a half bottles of soju but he usually drinks one bottle. (탬로그 6v6 Taemin)

– His favorite food is meat and likes to eat lamb Skewers and grilled lamb.

Personality & Habits

– He said that he is a serious, quiet, and introverted person. (Allure Korea)
– He has the habit of working after he eats. 
– He has a pessimistic personality so he likes hanging around with people who are more positive. (Reveal My Star EP253)
– He has the habit of showing only the sides of his face during the performance. (GQ KOREA)
Onew said that Taemin is someone who is capable of doing everything. (Seek Vol.016)

– He believes in keeping different personas on work and off work. He thinks he is more simple and playful off work. (NME)
– He likes to try new things in all aspects of his life as believes that people learn from experience. 
– He is not the type of person to change his belongings frequently. (SeeK Vol.022)

Major Works

– His popular songs include ‘MOVE’, ‘Advice’, ‘WANT’ and ‘Criminal’.


– He won the “Best Male Solo Performer of the Year” award at the Supersound Festival in 2023.
– He won the “Best K-pop Solo Artist” at the Asian Culture Awards and the “Best Solo Artist Award” at the Arena Awards in 2020.


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