Wen Junhui (Seventeen) Bio
Wen ‘Jun’ Junhui was born in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, on 10 June 1996 – his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds Chinese nationality. He is a singer, songwriter and an actor, perhaps best known for being a member of the boy group Seventeen, based in South Korea.
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Early life and education
Junhui was raised in Shenzhen alongside his 10-year junior brother, by their father who is a martial artist, and their mother who is teaching piano to teenagers. Motivated by his father, Junhui began taking wushu lessons at a very early age, and after two years of training began competing in tournaments and other competitions; motivated by his mother, he started learning to play the piano at the age of seven.
While still attending high school, Junhui was noticed by a scout who praised him for his looks, and invited him to attend an acting audition – he attended and passed, and got to star in multiple movies including “The Pye Dog” in 2006, for which performance he was rewarded with a Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild Silver Award for Best New Actor. Junhui also starred in the Hong Kong biographical martial arts movie “The Legend is Born – Ip Man” in 2010.
Upon completing his elementary education, he enrolled at Buji Senior High School, from which he matriculated in 2014, and then didn’t pursue a college degree but focused on his career as a singer.
Career as a singer and his group Seventeen
Junhui became a trainee at Pledis Entertainment in October 2012 at the age of 16 and in 2013, he was cast together with other trainees to appear in the music show “Seventeen TV”, launched to find members for the group Seventeen which was eventually formed on 26 May – around three weeks prior to the boys’ formal debut, they starred in the reality TV program “Seventeen Project: Big Debut Plan”.
The group Seventeen made up of 13 boys including Junhui debuted by performing for a whole hour in a show airing on MBC, which made them the first K-pop group to be given an entire hour on a TV channel as popular as MBC.
Their debut extended play (EP) “17 Carat” came out the next day and became the K-pop album to stay longest on the charts in the US, while it was also the only debut album to peak on the Billboard 10 Best K-pop Albums of 2015 Chart. They released their second EP “Boys Be” on 10 September and it won them several awards including Seoul Music, Golden Disk as well as a Gaon Chart K-pop Award – thanks to this initial success, the boys were featured in the list ’21 Under 21 2015: Music’s Hottest Young Stars’ compiled by Billboard. Seventeen held four concerts from 24 to 26 December to celebrate the New Year and after fans asked for more, they performed two more times in February 2016.
Their debut full-length album came out on 25 April 2016 called “Love & Letter”, with its lead single “Pretty U”, and the album topped several charts such as the Japanese Oricon Weekly Pop Album Chart, while the single brought them their first show victory. On 4 July, the boys released the repackaged version of the album with the song “Very Nice” as the lead single, and following the album’s release, they started their “1st Asia Tour 2016 Shining Diamonds”, during which they sang in several countries including Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea. Seventeen marked the end of 2016 with the release of their next EP “Going Seventeen”.
— Jun Chile🐱 (@JunChile17) August 22, 2020
From 15 to 24 February 2017, Seventeen organized six concerts in a series called “17 Japan Concert: Say The Name #Seventeen”, and audiences of 50,000 came to listen to them, even though this was before their official Japanese debut. Their fourth EP came out on 22 May entitled “Al1”, topping several South Korean charts and selling over 350,000 copies – together with the EP, three music videos were uploaded onto YouTube. They embarked on their debut tour around the world entitled “2017 Seventeen 1st World Tour Diamond Edge” in mid-September, performing in 13 North American and Asian cities before ending the tour on 6 October. On 6 November, their nex tfull-length album came out called “Teen, Age”, but failed to attract much attention.
What helped the boys regain their fans’ attention was the release of their debut special album “Director’s Cut” on 5 February 2018 which was made up of their old songs plus four new tracks including the lead song “Thanks” – to this day, the album has sold over 600,000 copies while the song “Thanks” has topped the iTunes Chart in nearly 30 countries around the globe. On 30 May, Seventeen made their Japanese debut with their mini-album “We Make You” and on 16 July, their new (fifth) EP came out entitled “You Make My Day”. The EP became certified platinum half a year later.
On 21 January 2019, the boys’ sixth EP came out entitled “You Made My Dawn” with its lead song “Home” since becoming their most popular song, winning the boys over ten music show trophies, including two ‘triple crowns’ and a ‘gland slam’.
On 29 May, their next Japanese single came out entitled “Happy Ending”, eventually certified platinum and topping the Oricon Daily Singles Chart. The boys’ new Korean single “Hit”, was released on 5 August and was later included on their third full-length album – “An Ode” – which came out on 16 September – the album sold around 700,000 in only seven days after it’s release.
No new songs were released until 1 April 2020, when their second Japanese single entitled “Fallin’ Flower” came out, topping the Billboard Japan Hot 100 Chart. Seventeen went on to star in their own documentary series “Hit The Road” which started airing on 13 May.
On 22 June 2020, the boys’ new EP “Heng:Garæ” was released, and has since become their best-selling album, counting over one million copies sold.
Love life and girlfriend
Junhui has been silent regarding the girls he might have dated since the launch of his singing career, and this is believed to be because Pledis Entertainment has a put a dating ban on the Seventeen boys, and breaking this would probably mean being kicked-out of the group. However, there were rumors circulating the internet in 2017 that Junhui was secretly seeing a mysterious girl, started after a girl hacked into Junhui’s Instagram account and there found a picture and a video in which one can see Junhui kissing a girl.
The photo and the video were uploaded onto the internet, but neither Junhui nor Pledis have commented on the rumors – some of Junhui’s fans have even stated to have seen the two spending time together at several locations in Seoul, but decided not to share this with the public, for Junhui’s sake.
As of August 2020, Junhui is single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Junhui is somewhat of a linguist as he is fluent in Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin, and can also speak English.
He is still taking wushu lessons today and has also practiced Kung Fu for several months.
He likes to read books in his spare time, prefering to read them on his ‘phone as he doesn’t like carrying books around.
Junhui enjoys eating a variety of foods, while eggplant is one thing he can’t eat – he loves sweets more than anything else (his favorites are jelly bears) and usually hides treats in his bag, however, his group members sometimes find these and help themselves to them.
In his spare time, Junhui likes to watch Hollywood movies – his favorite actor and actress are Tom Hanks and Natalie Portman, while some of his favorite movies are “Catch Me If You Can”, “Saving Private Ryan” and “Leon: The Professional”.
Age, height and net worth
Junhui’s age is 24. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft (1.82m) and he weighs around 145lbs (66kgs).
As of August 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $350,000.