Pop Singer

Bae Joo-hyun, known professionally as Irene, is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actress. She is the leader of the South Korean girl group Red Velvet and a member of its sub-unit Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi.

Full Name
Bae Joo-hyun
Mar 29, 1991
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5′ 2″
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Irene (born Irene Kim, March 29, 1991) is a South Korean pop singer based in Seoul. She is best known for being the leader and main rapper of the girl group Red Velvet, as well as being a sub-vocalist and visual of the group. She debuted as a solo artist with her first mini album Monster on June 14th, 2020.

Irene was born in Daegu, South Korea, to parents Kim Young-Hee and Jo Sung-Rok. She has an older brother who is three years her senior and she attended Haknam High School in Seoul. At the age of 13, she moved to Japan to attend school there and took up dancing classes while there.

She joined SM Entertainment as a trainee in 2009 and went through four years of training before debuting with Red Velvet in August 2014. Along with being the main rapper of the group, she also takes part in creating choreography for their performances. Her solo singing career began when she released her single "Happiness" for SM Station on April 8th, 2015. 

In 2016, Irene became the host of OnStyle's Fashion King Korea alongside Park Bo-gum; this was followed by appearances on variety shows such as Knowing Bros and The Show from 2017 onwards. In 2019, she made her acting debut in SBS' drama series The Great Show alongside Song Seung-heon and Lee Sun-bin. 

Her first solo album Monster was released on June 14th 2020 to critical acclaim, peaking at number two on Billboard's World Albums Chart and selling over 200,000 copies in its first week alone.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1999</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Irene is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On March 29, 1999, Irene was born in Daegu, South Korea.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins SM Entertainment</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Irene joins SM Entertainment and becomes a trainee under the label.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2014</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debut as Member of Red Velvet</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Debuts as a member of the girl group Red Velvet with the single "Happiness".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2015</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Solo Debut With Single "Must Have Love"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases her solo debut single "Must Have Love" which peaked at No. 2 on the Korean music charts.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">First Variety Show Appearance</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Appears on the variety show "The Law of the Jungle" in Costa Rica.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2019</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">1st Solo Concert Tour</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Begins her first solo concert tour in South Korea and Japan, entitled "La Rouge".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives 1st Daesang Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives her first Daesang Award, the highest honor in K-pop, for her solo debut album "Monster".</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's Talented and Hardworking</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Irene is an incredibly talented pop singer who consistently puts in the hard work to achieve her goals. She has had multiple chart-topping hits, and is always pushing herself to do better.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's Stylish and Fashionable</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Irene has a great sense of style and fashion, constantly appearing on red carpets and award shows looking stunning and fashionable. Her style always stands out in a crowd and she is often seen wearing unique and creative outfits.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She's Fearless and Passionate</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Irene never shies away from speaking her truth or standing up for what she believes in. Despite being in the public eye, she still remains passionate about her music and art, as well as social issues that affect her and those around her.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First K-Pop Artist to Reach Number 1 on Billboard</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Irene was the first K-Pop artist to reach number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart with her solo single "Love Me."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Went to Acting School</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before becoming a singer, Irene attended the Seoul Institute of the Arts and majored in acting.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Published an Autobiography</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Irene released a book titled "My Youth Story" which is an autobiography about her life as an idol and her experiences in the entertainment industry.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Was the Leader of Red Velvet</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Irene was the leader of the K-Pop girl group Red Velvet and led the group for five years before leaving in 2020.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Named Most Beautiful Woman in South Korea</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2017, Irene was named the most beautiful woman in South Korea by Starmometer, an online poll site.</p></div>


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