Na Jaemin (NCT) Wiki
Na Jaemin was born in Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea, on 13 August 2000 – his zodiac sign is Leo and he holds South Korean nationality. He is a singer, rapper and an actor, but best known for being a member of NCT as well as its third sub-unit NCT Dream.
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Early life and education
Jae-min was raised in Seoul as his family moved there straight after he was born. He doesn’t have any siblings, so was raised by his father who is a doctor, and his mother who is a nurse. He grew up dreaming about having a sister, and considered all of his friends who had siblings to be very lucky.
Jae-min attended Cheongil Elementary School, at which he began singing after being noticed by a teacher who encouraged him to work on his singing skills. After that he attended Incheon Haewon Middle School for a year, then enrolled at the School of Performing Arts, Seoul at which he focused on his vocal skills, while he also practiced dancing and acting. He also often did voluntary work while attending high school. Upon matriculation in 2018, Jae-min didn’t not to enroll at college, but focused on his career and his group NCT.
Singing career and the boy group NCT
Jaemin was noticed by a scout working for SM Entertainment, while he was volunteering at an event with his mother – he was invited to attend an audition, and soon became a trainee at SM. He and the other trainees appeared in the South Korean reality TV show “Exo 90:2014”, and after that in several other shows as an SM trainee, such as “SM Town Live World Tour IV”. In 2015 he was cast to appear in the American variety show “The Mickey Mouse Club”, together with several other SM trainees.
On 4 April 2016, the first NCT sub-unit NCT U was announced, made up of six boys, and they debuted on 9 April when they released their digital single “The 7th Sense”, then “Without You” on the following day.
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Also on 9 April, the boys performed at the 16th Music Feng Yun Bang Awards, and appeared in the show “V Live”. They performed for the first time in South Korea on 15 April, and shortly after that launched their own reality TV series – “NCT Life”.
On 1 July, SM Entertainment announced that the second NCT’s sub-unit NCT 127 would be debuting, made up of seven boys – they were invited to promote the sub-unit in the show “M Countdown”, in which they sang their two debut songs “Once Again” and “Fire Truck”. Ten days later, their debut extended play (EP) came out entitled “NCT #127”, and on 29 July, NCT 127 collaborated with Coca-Cola on their song “Taste the Feeling”.
On 24 August, Jaemin debuted with the NCT’s third sub-unit – NCT Dream – which was made up of seven members: Jaemin, Mark, Jeno, Renjun, Jisung, Haechan and Chele. Their debut song “Good Thing” came out the same day, and just a day later, the boys competed in the show “M Countdown”.
On 6 January 2017, NCT 127 released their second EP “Limitless”, and it made the #1 spot on Billboard World Albums. NCT Dream went on to release their debut physical single “The First” on 9 February, but due to having health problems, Jaemin had to skip the promotion of the single, including the sub-unit’s performance in the show “M Countdown”.
They also competed in “The Show” on 14 February, winning it thus marking the first show victory for NCT – during the show, the boys announced they would become the official ambassadors of 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and on 15 March released the song “Trigger the Fever” to serve as the tournament’s theme song. NCT 127 released their new EP “Cherry Bomb” on 14 June, and sang their two new songs “0 Mile” and “Cherry Bomb” in the show “M Countdown”. NCT Dream went on to release their debut EP “We Young” on 17 August, and in December the boys’ Christmas single “Joy” came out.
NCT U started the year 2018 with the release of their song “Timeless”, and then on 14 January, SM Entertainment announced that the members of all three sub-units would join in the project NCT 2018 and perform together – their debut full-length studio album “NCT 2018 Empathy” came out on 14 March, made up of six songs some of which two are “Baby Don’t Stop”, “Touch” and “Go”. The album hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart, the first time in history that a K-pop group topped the chart. NCT Dream’s second EP came out on 3 September called “We Go Up”, and was followed by NCT 127’s debut studio album “Regular-Irregular” on 12 October, with the song “Regular” as its lead single. The new version of the album entitled “Regulate” came out on 23 November, while on 28 December NCT Dream ended the year 2018 with the release of their new single “Candle Light”.
NCT’s fourth sub-unit, WayV made up of seven boys, debuted on 17 January 2019, with the Chinese version of NCT 127’s song “Regular”, while their first single album came out on the same day entitled “The Vision”. NCT 127 started their tour on 26 January, performing in South Korea, Japan, Europe and then in North America. while they completed their tour in South Korea – while performing in Europe, their new song “Wakey-Wakey” came out. They released their debut Japanese full-length album – “Awaken” – on 17 April, followed by their next EP “We Are Superhuman” on 24 May. In the same month, WayV released their debut EP “Take Off”, followed on 6 June by NCT Dream’s EP “We Boom”.
WayV released their new EP “Take Over the Moon” on 29 October, while NCT U marked the end of 2019 on 13 December with the release of their single “Coming Home”.
On 29 April 2020, NCT Dream released their fourth EP “Reload”, with the song “Ridin” as the lead single, and on 10 May the boys held a live online concert using Beyond Live which is a concert streaming service. WayV’s debut studio album came out on 9 June called “Awaken the World”, with their song “Turn Back Time” as the lead single.
Jaemin also launched his acting career in 2018, when he made a cameo appearance in the 20th episode of the South Korean web series “A-Teen”, then in 2019 he portrayed the supporting character Han Daegang in the web series “Method to Hate You”.
Former relationships and girlfriend
Jae-min hasn’t talked about any girls he might have dated, which is to be expected as SM Entertainment doesn’t allow its rookie artists to be dating, as in the past this has proven to have a negative effect on groups’ reputation. The boys from NCT also aren’t allowed to drink, smoke cigarettes nor undergo plastic surgery. However, there are rumors circulating the internet that Jae-min might be romantically linked to actress Kim Ji-In, alongside whom he has appeared in the series “Method to Hate You” – the two appeared to be too close to one another in the series which is what started the rumors. Neither Jae-min nor Kim have commented on this.
As of August 2020, Jae-min is single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Jaemin can play a variety of instruments, but he plays the piano the best as he has been taking lessons the longest (seven years). He can play a variety of sports, including soccer and tennis, while his favorite sport for relaxation is badminton – he also has two to three training sessions at the gym each week. Jaemin’s favorite season is summer, as he likes the feeling of sun on his skin, and is also keen on swimming and going scuba diving. His second favorite season is autumn due to its colors.
He likes to taste various cuisines, and there are numerous foods he loves eating, with some of these being fried chicken, potato pizza, and jelly; however, he doesn’t eat dairy products. His favorite fruits are peaches and his favorite drink is coffee.
Jaemin is a lover of animals, while his favorites are dogs, especially Samoyed.
He likes to watch movies in his spare time – his favorite genre is horror.
Age, height, hair and net worth
Jae-min is 19 years old. He has brown hair which he often dyes in various colors (blonde, blue, green), and his eyes are brown as well. His height is 5ft 10ins (1.77m) and he weighs around 135lbs (60kgs).
As of August 2020, Jae-min’s net worth has been estimated at over $300,000.