4:00 pm EDT, April 28, 2019

BTS members guide: Read the Bangtan Boys profiles to become ARMY

If you’re looking to learn more about each of the BTS members, here’s a profile on each of the men driving the global sensation from South Korea! Meet Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook!

BTS, also known as Bangtan Sonyeondan, Bangtan Boys, or Beyond The Scene, is a band from South Korea that is made up of seven members.

The group debuted in 2013 but was training with Big Hit Entertainment for several years prior to their first album being released. Each BTS member was specifically selected to complete the group which is made of rappers, dancers, and vocalists.

Related: BTS song, album list: A complete guide to every single tune

Nowadays, the group is known for their massive fan base and their global outreach — but that wasn’t always the case.

The BTS members each struggled in their own way to make it to where they are today, despite all of the odds against them.

Each member has their own individual personality and talents that help make BTS so amazing! Read on to learn a little more about each of the BTS members:

BTS member guide

These BTS profiles are in order of oldest to youngest!

💜BTS member Jin
💜BTS member Suga
💜BTS member J-Hope
💜BTS member RM
💜BTS member Jimin
💜BTS member V
💜BTS member Jungkook

BTS member Jin:

BTS member profile Jin

Stage Name: Jin
Full Name: Kim Seokjin
Position: Vocalist
Birthday: December 4, 1992
Age: 26
Height: 179 cm (5’10.5”)

Jin is the oldest BTS member, although he doesn’t often act like it. He’s known for his dad jokes, describing himself as “Worldwide handsome” in response the the times his pictures have gone viral, and winking or blowing kisses to the camera whenever it lands on him.

Despite being the oldest, Jin is one of the more easily frightened members. He can also be quite dramatic when he’s scared and it makes for a lot of great entertainment for fans on video content. He’s also one of the better cooks in the band and has a series of videos titled “Eat Jin” that focuses on his foodie adventures.

Jin was originally studying acting and was infamously spotted on the streets by a Big Hit Entertainment staff member. Though he’s never formally acted in any K-dramas, you can easily see how natural his acting skills are in many of the BTS music videos.

His character is also central to the Bangtan Universe (BU) that has a storyline in the groups MV’s, as well as The Notes book and the Save Me webtoon.

Jin has previously revealed that the reason he joined BTS was in order to make his family proud. “When I was younger my mom used to just listen to her friends bragging about their sons. She just listened to them without saying anything. So I thought I want to make my mom be proud of her son too,” the singer emotionally revealed at one of their concerts.

Although Jin can come off as being confident about his visuals, he can still be self-conscious about his vocals and dancing which he’s had to work hard on over the years. He’s also extremely caring for the younger members who he spends a lot of time with off stage as well. And BTS’ leader RM has said that he finds a lot of comfort being about Jin when he’s anxious during interviews, which just shows Jin’s more sensitive side.

Fun facts about BTS member Jin:
💜He’s from a well off family and has one older brother, his mom and his dad.
💜Jin once studied abroad in Australia, though he still gets self conscious when speaking English (he’s really good at it though).
💜He likes to collect Super Mario related toys and still likes to play video games in his free time.
💜Jin is one of the few members of BTS that has his license and can drive (as seen on Bon Voyage season 3).
💜He enjoys snowboarding and recently picked up the hobby of fishing as well.
💜Jin and his brother own a restaurant together in Seoul.
💜He has explained that he likes to be silly because he enjoys making others happy.
💜Jin self taught himself how to play the guitar and can even sing while playing.
💜For his most recent birthday in 2019, Jin donated food and other items to an animal welfare center.

BTS member Suga:

BTS member Suga

Stage Name: Suga
Full Name: Min Yoongi
Position: Rapper
Birthday: March 9, 1993
Age: 26
Height: 174 cm (5’8.5″)

Suga is the second oldest BTS member, and is often described as the dad of the group because he takes care of things around the dorm for the others.

He’s known for having a demeanor that initially seems cold until you dig a little deeper. The other members like to joke about how he prefers to help them without anyone noticing. And when he gets really excited his silly side will shine right through.

He’s well known for working long hours in his studio but when he has time off he likes to sleep as much as possible. Despite often coming off as tough guy, Suga has been outspoken about his struggles with mental health. He’s also made many statements in support of the LGBT community despite the taboo topic in South Korea and has previously made personal donations to orphanages.

Prior to joining Big Hit Entertainment, Suga was an underground rapper and jokes that he was tricked into joining BTS when he initially thought he would just be a producer. He’s also spoken about his financial instability growing up and how he’d often go without eating when he needed money to take the bus.

Suga has also spoken about how his family was against his passion for music as a teenager which caused a lot of tension between them. And he even cried on stage once when they attended a BTS concert.

Suga has also released a solo album under the stage name Agust D, writes/produces music for BTS, and also won the Hot Trend award at the 2017 Melon Music Awards for working as the producer on singer Suran’s “Wine.” More recently he produced a track for Epik High, whom he idolized growing up, titled “Eternal Sunshine.”

Fun facts about BTS member Suga:
💜His family struggled financially when Suga was younger, and he has one older brother, his mom and his dad.
💜Before moving to Seoul, Suga used to attend a school that specialized in teaching English but he gets nervous speaking it still.
💜In his free time Suga mostly likes to sleep but he also enjoys spending time with his older brother who cooks for him.
💜Suga’s family has a male mini poodle named Holly who he loves to take pictures with and spoil with toys.
💜He is actually very sweet, patient, and caring, even though his stage persona is often portrayed as being tough.
💜Suga’s stage name originates from his love of basketball and stands for his former position as a shooting guard (SG).
💜He’s used the stage name Agust D for his solo work and it’s from “Suga” spelled backwards and “DT” for Daegu Town where he grew up.
💜Suga can compose music on the spot, can play the piano, and is said to have a perfect pitch (aka absolute pitch).
💜For Suga’s most recent birthday in 2019, he made a sizable donation to the Korea Pediatric Cancer Foundation under the name of ARMY.

BTS member J-Hope:

J-Hope BTS

Stage Name: J-Hope
Full Name: Jung Hoseok
Position: Rapper, Dancer
Birthday: February 18, 1994
Age: 25
Height: 177 cm (5’9.7”)

J-Hope is one of the best dancers in the group, and also also a literal sunshine angel!

J-Hope is known for being quite silly pretty much wherever he is because he likes to help others laugh and have a good time. If you watch him in any interview, he will most definitely introduce himself as “I’m your hope, you’re my hope, I’m J-Hope.” If you’re ever in a bad mood, all you need to do is watch some J-Hope videos and your day will get 100% better.

Other than dancing, J-Hope is known to love fashion and loves to go shopping. He’s not afraid to try different styles and loves having bags as accessories. J-Hope is also very caring of his friends and family, and even wrote a whole song dedicated to his mother titled “MAMA.”

Though he didn’t know how to rap when he joined Big Hit, the other BTS members helped to train him. During their early days, J-Hope struggled a lot with being away from his family and almost quit BTS before the others talked him out of it.

He was also the third member of BTS to release a solo album titled Hope World. Since he was a lot newer to music production than RM and Suga, the project put a lot of pressure on J-Hope. However, it’s been a great joy for fans to see a different side of him through his music writing.

It seems like J-Hope is constantly improving in all areas of his musician ship and has been gaining more confidence when it comes to helping out on BTS’ albums. He recently wrote a majority of “Dionysus” from BTS’ album Map of the Soul: Persona which has quickly become a fan favorite.

Fun facts about BTS member J-Hope:
💜J-Hope is close to his older sister who runs a fashion company called Mejiwoo, as well as his mother and father.
💜J-Hope is another one of the few members who is one has his license and can drive.
💜J-Hope auditioned for JYP before Big Hit, but he didn’t make the cut.
💜Jimin and J-Hope are the only members of BTS who still share a room in their current dorm, they said they wanted the big closet that came with the master! 🤣
💜Although he mainly raps, J-Hope is also an exceptional singer and will sometimes show off his skills in BTS songs.
💜His family has a pet Shih Tzu named Mickey who he’ll often take pictures with when he’s home.
💜With his energetic personality, J-Hope often helps set the mood for the others when they’re feeling down.
💜J-Hope often leads the group in dance practices which is where his more serious side will come out.
💜For his most recent birthday in 2019, J-Hope made a donation for low-income students at his former school in Gwangju through ChildFund Korea.

BTS’ member RM:

RM BTS

Stage Name: RM
Full Name: Kim Namjoon
Position: Rapper, Leader
Birthday: September 12, 1994
Age: 24
Height: 181 cm (5’11.3”)

RM is the leader of BTS, and it’s rumored that he was the only surviving member of the original BTS lineup before they switched from an all Rap group to an Idol group. He played a big part in helping Big Hit finalize the group that fans get to enjoy today.

It’s well known that that Jungkook was being scouted by the top entertainment companies and decided to sign with Big Hit after meeting RM despite the company’s smaller budget. RM also helped talk members out of quitting the band during their difficult trainee days.

He’s also a low-key genius with an IQ of 148 and taught himself English by watching episodes of Friends. RM is also a writer and producer for the band, and has also put out two of his own solo albums titled Mono. and RM.

In their early days, RM struggled a lot with his identity as a musician. After his career as an underground rapper, he received a lot of backlash from the community for joining BTS. Meanwhile, he received a lot of criticism from the Korean music industry that he didn’t fit the beauty standards for an idol group.

These issues understandably caused a lot of internal turmoil for him. But through his music and fans he has been learning to love himself as he implores others to do the same in his lyrics. These days, he seems a lot more comfortable and happy in his own skin which is a great sight to see!

Fun facts about BTS member RM:
💜Although he’s the leader of BTS, RM is actually in the middle of the group age-wise.
💜In his family, RM has one younger sister plus his mom and dad.
💜RM enjoys reading and shopping online in his free time, sometimes he just hangs out in his studio even when he’s not writing music.
💜He has a large collection of Kaws figurines which he shows off at his studio.
💜RM is fluent in English and once studied abroad in New Zealand!
💜Out of all the members of BTS, RM has written the most lyrics for their songs.
💜One of his nicknames is “God of Destruction” because he’s constantly accidentally breaking everything around him.
💜RM’s family has a white dog who they named Rap Mon after his former stage name.
💜For his birthday in 2018, fans adorable adopted a koala at Brisbane’s Australian Zoo and named her Koya, after his BT21 character!

BTS member Jimin:

Jimin BTS

Stage Name: Jimin
Full Name: Park Jimin
Position: Vocalist, Dancer
Birthday: October 13, 1995
Age: 23
Height: 173cm (5’8.1″)

Jimin had the shortest amount of time as a trainee before BTS debuted, and almost didn’t make the cut. Although he’s a formally trained dancer, he had no experience with singing and had to continue to train hard over the years on his vocals. These days, he seems a lot more satisfied with his skills and has no problem hitting all the right notes live.

Jimin is perhaps one of the most affectionate members, towards his fellow band mates and fans. But he can also be quite self-conscious of both his skills as an entertainer and his looks. On camera he’s known for his strong stage presence, but off stage he’s often doubting himself as seen in their documentary Burn The Stage.

Along with being affectionate, he’s also extremely caring about the other members. If one of them gets upset on stage, Jimin is usually the first one to rush to their side to try and cheer them up. He’s always selfless and seems to constantly put others before himself.

When he laughs, he does so with his whole body and tends to throw himself onto who ever is nearest. And when he gets shy, he’ll hit whoever is closest to him as well.

Always motivated by fans and wanting to interact with them, Jimin is quite active on their social media. He’s a great source for behind the scenes photos of what they’re all up to as well as live streams on their V Live account.

Fun facts about BTS member Jimin:
💜Jimin has one younger brother, who looks so much like him, and is close with his parents.
💜Although he’s the shortest member of the group, Jimin has a powerful stage presence that captivates everyone.
💜Jimin hates to be alone, and prefers to spend as much time with the other members as he can.
💜In his free time, Jimin enjoys reading books, comics, and webtoons.
💜He also likes to draw, and has shown off some of his drawings to fans in his V Lives.
💜Jimin was trained in both contemporary dance and ballet before joining Big Hit.
💜Many fans refer to him as Mochi (a rice cake) and earned the nickname for his cute qualities.
💜Jimin’s song “Promise”, which he wrote himself, broke the record for most streams on SoundCloud in 24 hours!
💜Sometime in 2018, Jimin secretly made a large donation to his hometown of Busan’s Metropolitan Office of Education and it was only revealed months later in 2019 that he’d done so!

BTS member V:

V BTS members

Stage Name: V
Full Name: Kim Taehyung
Position: Vocalist, Dancer
Birthday: December 30, 1995
Age: 23
Height: 178 cm (5’10.1″)

V, also known as Taehyung, Tae, or TaeTae was the last member of BTS to be revealed. He actually didn’t even mean to audition for Big Hit but had joined a friend for moral support and was convinced by a staff member to try out as well.

V comes from a family of farmers and has said that he probably would have ended up doing the same thing if he hadn’t joined BTS. He remains extremely close with his family and greatly looks up to his father.

One word to describe V would be: unique. His voice easily stands out from the other vocal line because of his soulful and deep tone. He loves to play around with fashion and has a great appreciation for art as well. One of his favorite hobbies is photography, and he also acted in the Korean historical drama Hwarang: The Beginning.

He’s well known for his outgoing personality, and it’s often joked that he can become friends with anyone that he meets. His fun and silly personality often comes out with fan engagements as well. V also has a pet Pomeranian named Yeontan (a.k.a. Tannie) who is the unofficial 8th BTS member.

Although he’s very warm and friendly, V also understandably likes to keep much of his personal life private. This is why there’s not that much known about his family or younger years.

Fun facts about BTS member V:
💜V has a younger sister and a younger brother, as well as several young cousins.
💜Thanks to all of his younger family members, V loves to be around babies and younger kids.
💜V has said that his role model is his father, and used to constantly wear a watch that his father gifted him.
💜Although V’s pet Pomeranian Tannie doesn’t live with the members full time, he’s often brought with them to various events and shoots. Tannie lives with V’s family whenever the members are traveling.
💜V played the saxophone for many years and can also play the piano.
💜After having a close relationship with his grandmother, V has said he picked up his fashion sense from her.
💜Along with photography, V likes to paint in his free time.
💜V came up with the term “I purple you” which is used by BTS and ARMYs as another way to say I love and trust you.
💜For V’s birthday in 2018, many fans took to making donations to the World Wide Fund to help save endangered tigers.

BTS member Jungkook:

BTS profile Jungkook

Stage Name: Jungkook
Full Name: Jeon Jeong-guk
Position: Vocalist, Dancer, Center
Birthday: September 1, 1997
Age: 21
Height: 178 cm (5’10.1”)

Jungkook is the youngest BTS member, also known as their Golden Maknae because he seems to be good at basically everything. Along with his vocal and dancing skills, Jungkook is also quite athletic and artistic.

Initially, Jungkook left his hometown at a very young age to take part in a talent show for kids and was soon scouted by several entertainment agencies. Like previously mentioned, he ended up signing on with Big Hit after being impressed by RM.

He was also the only trainee that was sent to America for dance training prior to their debut. By the time the group did debut, he was just 15 years old. Since he left home at such a young age, Jungkook often says that the other members basically raised him and had a huge impact on who he is today.

He’s also well known for his video productions which are released under the name of G.C.F (Golden Closet Films) and is fascinated with cameras. He loves to film the other members and edit in his free time.

As the youngest of the group, Jungkook can be a bit on the shy side. Though he has said that over the years the other members have helped draw him out of his shell.

Fun facts about BTS member Jungkook:
💜Jungkook is also the maknae of his family, and has an older brother. He’s also said that his mother is older than his father.
💜Jungkook has been pretty open about the fact that he disliked school when he went, aside from a few subjects.
💜Aside from being gifted in signing and dancing, Jungkook also likes photography and videography.
💜Jungkook releases short films he calls G.C.F.s on BTS’ youtube channel which gives fans a behind the scenes look at the members lives.
💜Jungkook is another one of the members of BTS who can drive and has his license.
💜The other members of BTS claim that Jungkook might be their maknae but he doesn’t really act like one.
💜Jungkook speaks formally to the other members but they say that he does so to get away with annoying his hyungs.
💜He’s very athletic, can play multiple sports well and also enjoys working out.
💜For Jungkook’s birthday in 2018, many fans made donations to Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission (KKOOM).

Bonus pro tip: Don’t try and learn them by their hair colors because they constantly change and you will just confuse yourself.

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