Lee Seung-gi is a South Korean singer, host, actor, and entertainer known to his fans and peers as the “Ballad King.” Born and raised in Seoul, he debuted as a singer at the age of 17 after being discovered by a talent agent. ‘Because you’re my girl,’ his first song as a vocalist, became one of the most popular songs of the year, causing a sensation about ‘falling in love with an older woman.’ He also got well-known in Japan and became one of the most well-known South Korean musicians. He made his acting debut in 2006 with MBC’s sitcom ‘Nonstop 5,’ and he rose to international prominence for his role in ‘Brilliant Legacy.’ He played a variety of parts in plays and reality shows, and he excelled at whatever he did. He has received more than a dozen honors for both his acting and music, and he is still one of the most well-known figures in South Korean entertainment.
Childhood and Adolescence
Lee Seung-gi was born in Seoul, South Korea, on January 10, 1987. Although nothing is known about his family, it is usually assumed that he comes from a well-to-do South Korean business family. Since he was a child, Lee has claimed that he has never had a warm relationship with his parents.
During his primary and middle school years, Lee was a good student. Throughout his high school and middle school years, he was an all-around performer who excelled in sports, academics, and the arts, and he was voted president of the student council. He became fluent in English, Japanese, and Korean during his school years. The fact that he was able to study all three languages in his own school speaks much about his intelligence.
Lee had a passion for music and the arts since he was a teenager, and he would listen to music for hours on end. Maroon5 was a huge hit in South Korea at the time, and it served as an inspiration for Lee as well. He also spent a lot of time playing soccer. Because he had a well-balanced mix of all areas of his teenage pastimes, he became a perfectionist in whatever he accomplished, and this trait has remained with him to this day.
In terms of his education, after graduating from high school with honors, he began performing and became a successful musician, which slowed down his education in certain ways. But he recognized its worth and went on to study International Trade and Commerce at Dongguk University. He didn’t stop there; he continued his education at the Dongguk Graduate School, doing postgraduate studies in Trade Theory, Finance, and Cultural Contents.
Career of Lee Seung-gi
Due to his passion for acting, Lee began performing in theaters during his high school and early college years. He also expressed himself musically on stage, attracting the notice of Lee Sun-hee, a well-known South Korean singer, and receiving two years of music training from him before making his formal debut.
He wrote his debut album, ‘Dream of a Moth,’ when he was 17 years old, and one song from it became a huge hit. ‘Because you’re my girl,’ became a national anthem. The song’s lyrics discussed a man’s passion for older ladies, and it is credited with causing a sickness in South Korea. Lee received a number of major music awards in 2004 for the song. He has won numerous honors, including the Best Newcomer award at the Seoul Music Awards and the M.net KM Music Festival.
His next two albums were also hugely popular with fans, and in 2009, he recorded a single called “Will You Marry Me,” which turned out to be another career highlight, and he was honored at the Golden Disk Awards that year. In the same year, he unveiled his new album, ‘Shadow,’ which quickly became the most anticipated record of the year, with over 40,000 pre-order copies.
In 2005, Lee made his acting debut as a guest star on the hit sitcom ‘Nonstop 5.’ Following that, he had a starring part in the weekend drama series ‘The Infamous Chil Sisters.’ Lee received more acclaim for his acting abilities in 2009, when he starred in the drama ‘Brilliant Legacy,’ which ranked him among the best actors in the country. The drama was a huge hit, and Lee earned additional acting offers as well as increased endorsement deals as a result of it. In the same year, he won the SBS Drama Awards’ ‘Excellence in Acting’ award.
In 2010, he won his second ‘Excellence in Acting’ award for his role as a university student who wished to be a stuntman in ‘My Girlfriend is a Nine-tailed Fox.’ Lee released his album ‘Time for Love’ in 2012, with an eye toward the foreign market. It was written in Japanese, and Lee released a single with the same name. It was well-received in Japan, and the album reached the top of various music charts, including the most important, the Oricon Daily Charts. Following this enormous success, Lee had a major fan meet in Tokyo, which was attended by tens of thousands of his Japanese admirers.
After that, he participated in the drama ‘The King 2 Hearts’ in 2012 and the historical fantasy drama ‘Gu Family Book’ in 2013. Lee made his cinematic debut in 2015 with the romantic comedy ‘Love Forecast.’ His music career has slowed down because his TV and film careers have become more consistent.
In 2007, Lee joined the cast of a popular variety show called ‘1 Night 2 Days,’ which was a portion of the weekend variety show ‘Happy Sunday,’ and his celebrity skyrocketed as a result of this effort. He became a household name in South Korea and its neighboring nations, where the popularity of South Korean variety shows is enormous. He won an award for his hosting abilities at the 2010 KBS Entertainment Awards, and he stayed with the show till 2012.
In October 2009, he began hosting ‘Strong Heart,’ a discussion program, and his unique manner of presenting once again struck a chord with South Korean people, earning Lee the ‘Netizen’s Popularity’ award at the 2009 SBS Entertainment Awards.
Personal Experiences of Lee Seung-gi
Lee Seung-gi is noted for having a clean and ‘nice man’ image in real life, despite his colorful persona on film. He claims that he does not enjoy drinking and partying like other people. He has no desire to live such life.
Lee claims that he has never used drugs in his life and that he does not believe that creativity requires external stimulus.
Yoona and Lee dated for a long time and declared their official relationship status in January 2014, however their busy schedules made it difficult for the relationship to work out, and it terminated in 2015, as expected, with both stars professing to be close friends.
Estimated Net Worth
Lee Seung-gi is one of the wealthiest pop singers and one of the most popular. Lee Seung-net gi’s worth is estimated to be at $16 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.