Financial Struggle: These 5 Korean Male Artists Live in Tiny Boarding Rooms

Explore the inspiring journeys of Korean male artists who overcame financial struggles, living in tiny boarding rooms before achieving success in the entertainment industry.
Financial Struggle: These 5 Korean Male Artists Live In Tiny Boarding Rooms

1. Yoon Jisung, former member of Wanna One

Financial Crisis, These 5 Korean Male Artists Live In Small Boarding RoomsJisung, former Wanna One (instagram.com/_yoonj1sung_)

In the 2022 show DNA Mate, it was revealed that Jisung and his sister, Yoon Seul Gi, frequently moved due to financial struggles. They resided in goshiwons and often could only afford ramen. Despite their difficulties, they chose not to burden their parents, who could have helped them.

Jisung mentioned on Weekly Idol in 2019 that he had been living in goshiwons since he was 16, becoming accustomed to cheaper frozen meals. However, he sometimes missed his mother’s cooking and learned cooking from her.

2. Sunggyu of Infinite

Financial Crisis, These 5 Korean Male Artists Live In Small Boarding RoomsSunggyu Infinite (twitter.com/KSK_official)

In 2020’s RadioStar, Sunggyu admitted to initially living in a small boarding room. He survived on rice and eggs provided by the goshiwon manager. Despite the challenges, he now feels his life has improved significantly.

Sunggyu believes he shouldn’t complain about past difficulties, considering his 10-year career and the success of Infinite’s world tours and concerts. Nevertheless, he remains ambitious.

3. Andy of Shinhwa

Financial Crisis, These 5 Korean Male Artists Live In Small Boarding RoomsAndy SHINHWA (instagram.com/andyofficial___)

On Win Win in 2012, Andy shared his struggles when he had to leave promotional activities for Shinhwa’s fourth album due to his seriously ill mother in the US. He returned to Korea but couldn’t afford the group’s dorm, opting for a rented boarding room instead.

Financial constraints prevented Andy from visiting expensive salons or taking taxis, fearing recognition.

4. J. Seph of KARD

Financial Crisis, These 5 Korean Male Artists Live In Small Boarding RoomsJ.Seph KARD (instagram.com/j.seph_)

In Daebak Show 2023, J.Seph expressed confusion about auditioning, having come from the countryside without contacts in the industry. He settled in a goshiwon upon arriving in Seoul to pursue his dream of becoming an idol trainee.

J.Seph succeeded in his efforts, initially hiding his aspirations from his parents until after passing the audition.

5. Lee Joon Gi

Financial Crisis, These 5 Korean Male Artists Live In Small Boarding RoomsLee Joon Gi (instagram.com/actor_jg)

In a 2012 TV appearance, Lee Joon Gi revealed the significance of “jangjorim,” a Korean soy sauce meat dish, to him. At 20, he moved to Seoul without his parents’ approval and lived in a rented boarding room.

Facing financial difficulties, Lee resorted to stealing jangjorim from the shared fridge, feeling remorseful and apologizing afterward.

For these Korean artists, goshiwons were their only viable housing option due to financial constraints. Fortunately, their perseverance led them to successful careers in the entertainment industry.

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