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The vocalist of SHINee band, Lee Jin-ki is also known as Onew. Know more about him through this wiki!
Onew was born as Lee Jinki on 14th of December 1989. He is best known as an actor as well as a vocalist of Korean band SHINee. His hometown is Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do and he is native Korean. Also, he is best known as late Jonghyun’s band member.
He started his career in singing when S.M. Academy discovered him. He was immediately offered for a band and signed a contract in 2006. Apart from his singing career, he is also known for his acting in different Korean dramas like Descendants of the Sun, and Welcome to Royal Villa sitcom.
|Birthday||14th December 1989|
|Associated with||S.M. Entertainment
|Net Worth||est. $2 million|
Jonghyun and Onew Relationship
In December 2009, the fact of SHINee band members came out. Onew confessed his involvement with Jonghyun. He said how he was far from Jonghyun. He even imitates Jonghyun’s voice in SBS’ Chocolate show.
Jonghyun later revealed that Onew’s imitation helped in growing closeness of the two, which was increasing distant before.
Onew has already worked in two movies, six TV dramas, four variety shows and in two musical theatres. From his hard work, he has earned massive fame and income. When it comes to his salary, it is estimated to be around $370 thousand a year.
Talking about his net value, it is in millions. The estimated net worth of Onew in 2015 was $600 thousand, but in 2017, his net worth is $2 million.
Onew is not dating anyone and is single now. But he had linkups with two girls before. In an interview he said:
‘I want to walk with my girlfriend holding hands on a busy street.’
‘Now I’m too busy to do such a thing, so I’ve longed for that dating situation.’
The first lady with whom his name was linked is Jung-Ah from AFTER SCHOOL. The rumor started spreading when Onew stated Jung-Ah to be his ideal woman.
Soon, they were found having dinner together at a restaurant. Later, both cleared up the rumor stating their relationship to be like brother and sister.
Luna from F(X) comes second. As both were seen together in public places and used to sit close in music programs, the rumor started. The news skyrocketed when they co-starred in S.M. Entertainment concert and held hands while singing.
As Onew was silent about the rumors and gossip, their relationship got credibility and was cited as an actual relationship.
The rumor of dating with Park Hwan Hee also came out. She is the actress with whom he worked in ‘Descendants of the Sun.’ The story came out when they were spotted in cafes and concerts.
The representatives haven’t said a word about this relationship. So, his dating life is still confusing.
Career as Singer and Actor
Onew began his career in singing when he auditioned in S.M. Academy. Lee Soo-man, the founder of S.M. Entertainment, noticed him and offered him a contract for a band. In 2008, when the SHINee band debuted, he was featured as lead singer. After entry in the group, he also worked for two singles in 2008, for Lee Hyun-Ji and Vanilla Love series. His first composed song is ‘Your Name’ from the album Lucifer.
Apart from a singing career, he also hosted KBS2’s Night Star and MBC’s Show! Music Core. He worked in different TV networks like Incheon K-Pop Concert and Dream Concert. Onew also worked in various TV drama series as cameo roles like in Athena: Goddess of War, Royal Villa and more.
In 2015, he started his acting career from internet series named Dating was the Easiest. Later in 2016, he was chosen as cast for popular drama ‘Descendants of the Sun,’ which earned 2 billion views from iQiyi.
Sexual Harassment Case
In August 2017, Onew was accused of sexual harassment to a woman in the club. He was charged with touching woman’s body more than three times while intoxicated. He was immediately taken into custody and started asking questions. In reply, he mentioned having no idea as he was in a hangover. The local witness said he was clinging to woman’s legs to stand properly.
As there was no CCTV footage available, the case was weak. But, the police accounted witness justification. Later the lady dropped the case stating ‘something like that could happen to anyone while intoxicated.’
Because of the sexual harassment case, Onew had to leave ‘Age of Youth 2.’
- Onew’s horoscope is Sagittarius, and his Chinese zodiac sign is Snake.
- He loves bright colors, specifically yellow and red.
- Wearing glasses while rehearsing is his habit.
- He loves his body part and loves to show his eyebrows to all. That’s the reason why he merely uses sunglasses.
- He was very close to late Kim Jonghyun.
Social Media Profiles
|Facebook fan page||facebook.com/leejinki|
Onew is not active on social media. He has Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram but there is no recent update on them. He has highest followers on Instagram counting 1.5 million. The second comes Twitter account with 541 thousand fans followed by Facebook with 429 thousand followers.