12 Things You Didn’t Know About EXO’s Xiumin
Think you know everything about Xiumin? Or are you a new EXO fan who’s trying to find out more about the oldest member of the group? We’ve shortlisted 12 essential facts you need to know about the member, born as Kim Min Seok, who is celebrating his birthday today.
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He almost went to a sports school
His love for soccer is no secret, but did you know that he almost enrolled in sports school? On a recent episode of Life Bar, he revealed that before auditioning from SM, he had set his mind on going to a sports school until he was convinced to accompany his friend for an audition at SM Entertainment.
He loves drinking
The EXO member revealed that he likes drinking and can hold his liquor well, even matching up to whoever he’s drinking with. However, he revealed that he usually drinks with his managers as it’s the “safest”. During the Nature Republic fan meeting, he was revealed to be one of the members who has a high tolerance for alcohol, and said that he recently enjoyed drinking whisky more than other drinks.
He is a huge TVXQ fan
Xiumin admitted that he was a TVXQ fanboy even before he got into SM Entertainment. In fact, it was Max Changmin who inspired him to be a singer. When they appeared on the recent episode of Life Bar together, he called it a dream come true.
He used to be chubby
The singer revealed on an episode of Knowing Brother that he used to be chubby when he was younger. His motivation to lose weight was his love for soccer. He said, “Since first grade, I gained 10kg every year. But I loved soccer and was rather good at it, so I lost weight in order to be better at it.”
He looks like Ahn So Hee
Yes, we mean the Wonder Girls member. Since he first debuted, a lot of people have pointed out his uncanny resemblance to the singer-actress. Super Junior’s Kim Heechul, who has been a Sohee fan for a long time, even said he wanted to appear as a couple on reality TV show We Got Married with Xiumin because of the resemblance.
He is the oldest member of EXO
He may look young, but he’s already 28! While the Korean culture is big on age hierarchy, the EXO member revealed that being the oldest member put a burden on him because he restrains himself from having fun or letting his hair down, since he has so many younger members who look upon him as an example.
He is an introvert
In fact, this was the reason he was casted as one of the members for variety show It’s Dangerous Outside the Blanket. He revealed on an episode of EXO’s Showtime that he has a quiet personality and finds it hard to make witty remarks like the other members. He also feels uncomfortable when the attention is on him. When he was chosen to appear on It’s Dangerous Outside the Blanket, his members even commented that he might just not talk throughout the show.
He’s a clean freak
He is known to be very particular about cleanliness, which is something all the members have attested to. On an episode of It’s Dangerous Outside the Blanket, the EXO member revealed that he gets stressed when he sees a messy room. In fact, the first thing he did when he got to his shared room with Wanna One’s Kang Daniel was to clean it up.
He has very strong arms
This naturally means he’s good at arm wrestling. He not only came up tops when EXO had an arm wrestling competition on EXO’s Showtime, but even beat former 2AM’s Changmin, who is known for his big guns. However, he admitted that his lower body is weak.
He is scared of the cold
The EXO member is sensitive to temperature changes, and can’t stand cold or hot weather. He had a low tolerance for cold weather, and turns into a sweating machine when it gets hot.
He is part of EXO-CBX
Along with vocalists Chen and Baekhyun, Xiumin is part of EXO’s first – and only, so far – subunit. The trio dabbles in electronic dance, retro pop and R&B, and has seen massive success both in South Korea and Japan. The trio will go on their first Japanese arena tour, Magic, from May this year. They’ll also be making a comeback in South Korea on April 10.
He is smart
The brainy member of EXO received his a Master’s degree from Catholic Kwandong University in 2014. There are rumours that he is currently studying for his PhD.
He lives alone now
On a recent episode of a Vlive show, SMTelevision, the oldest EXO member revealed on that he has his own house. He filmed his meetings with the interior designer and the eventual housewarming party.