IU singer (Lee Ji-eun) is the leading female artist in Kpop, not only successful in the music field, but also a highly appreciated actress when entering into acting. To have the current success, IU has spent 14 years working without stopping and trying, overcoming countless difficulties and controversies.
1. IU had a difficult childhood
With a beautiful and luxurious appearance, many people will think that IU is a rich lady who has lived a full and prosperous life since she was a child. But in fact, IU’s childhood was quite difficult. The difficult living situation has contributed to creating an IU who always tries her best, not knowing the two words “give up”.
IU was born on May 16, 1993 in Seoul, in a relatively well-off family. As a child, IU was sent to art classes by her parents. IU has nurtured her passion for music since then.
However, the peaceful time was not long, when IU’s family business failed, had to sell all assets and shoulder a huge debt. IU is also not allowed to attend music classes. IU and her younger brother had to live with their grandmother. But her condition is also difficult, many meals of the three grandchildren only include potatoes and vegetables.
2. IU experienced countless failures
Living a difficult life, but IU has never given up on her dream of becoming a singer. Being ridiculed by the people around her because her dream was somewhat unrealistic, but IU still quietly ignored everything, worked hard and worked hard. However, success did not soon smile at her
With a beautiful voice and cute appearance, IU has auditioned at many entertainment companies. She was failed by more than 20 companies, including the famous JYP Entertainment. YP Entertainment CEO Park Jin-young still regrets passing on IU, telling KBS 2TV, “My heart breaks every time I see IU. I’m going to find the person who rejected IU from our audition and penalise him”
Not only that, the young girl was also cheated money by “ghost companies”. All of this happened to IU when she was only 14-15 years old, the age when her peers were still carefree going to school, living under the protection of their parents.
3. IU has a kind heart
Although IU is now rich and famous at the age of 29, IU has never forgotten the difficult situation in the past. She continued to spread her charitable heart, helping those in more difficult circumstances than herself. IU once donated to the victims of the Sewol ferry sinking, the Gangwon forest fire, the earthquake disaster in Nepal… a total of 600 million won. Thanks to her active social activities, in December 2019, the female singer was honored by Forbes magazine as Asia’s Youngest Charity Hero. Recently, IU celebrated her 29th birthday on Monday (May 16,2022) by making donations totalling 210 million won (US$164,240) to a range of charitable organisations.
Besides, IU also received many compliments from her colleagues thanks to her good personality. In the eyes of fellow idols and actors, IU has always been a talented, hardworking, and extremely professional person. She also always cherishes her fans, who
have always been there to support her. Instead of shaking hands, IU gave fans affectionate hugs.
4. IU didn’t have the grades to go to college
IU spoke about how she didn’t have the grades to go to college on an episode of Healing Camp. Several institutions throughout Korea offered her unusual admission options as her fame grew, but she turned them all down. Her decision to stay focused on her work was praised by her fans.
“College entrance is for those who worked hard for it. I won’t even have time to actually have a college life, so I will not be pursuing college education.” — IU
5. IU had been diagnosed with bulimia
IU revealed in 2014 that she’d been diagnosed with bulimia, an emotional condition affecting body image and an obsessive desire to reduce weight that may lead to sadness and self-induced vomiting. She became self-hating and self-pitying as a result of it. She now follows a strict food routine that keeps her on track and in good health.
“Because I was so stressed, even the smallest thing would actually make my skin crawl. I was really unhappy. Once I started disliking myself, there was no end to that. I kept digging deeper and deeper into a hole of self-pity. I was so lethargic and felt like I only had two choices – to sleep or to eat. So whenever I wasn’t sleeping, I was binge eating.” — IU
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