Name: Young Woong Jae Joong
Also known as: Hero Jae Joong
Real Name: Kim Jae Joong
Profession: Singer, Model, Actor
Birthdate: January 26, 1986 (registered)
Real birthday : February 4, 1986
Birthplace: Chungnam, South Korea
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 63 kg
Blood Type: O
Kgroup: Lead vocalist of DBSK (Dong Bang Shin Ki), now JYJ
Talent Agency: C-Jes Entertainment
Hero was born as Han Jaejoon in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea. At a young age, Hero was given up for adoption by his birth mother to the Kims and his name was changed to Kim Jaejoong. When he was fifteen, he moved to Seoul by himself in order to take part in the auditions held by SM Entertainment. Life in Seoul proved to be hard for Hero and he had to take various odd jobs to pay for rent. He once took on a role as a soldier in the movie Taegeukgi Hwinallimyeo (태극기 휘날리며).
He is a member and lead vocal of South Korean boy band TVXQ, known as Dong Bang Shin Ki in South Korea and Tohoshinki in Japan. After TVXQ went on hiatus, he became a vocalist in the group JYJ, who made their global debut in October 2010.
Solo Carrier as Singer :
“Insa” (인사 lit. Greeting), OST A Millionaire’s First Love.
“Just for One Day”, Hero feat The Grace for the Japanese
“Wasurenaide” (忘れないで lit. Don’t Forget), included on TVXQ’s twenty-fifth single “Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide”
“9095” appeared on their fourth Japanese album The Secret Code.
Wrote and composed Saranga Uljima (Don’t Cry My Lover) (사랑아 울지마)on TVXQ’s fourth studio album, Mirotic, .
In 30 September 2009, he and Micky released a self-written duet, “Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter,” which was used as the image song for Hello Kitty’s thirty-fifth year anniversary. In October 2010, he release his self-composed song “Still in love”, which was including in JYJ’s first album The Beginning. In January 2011, he releases his self-composed and written songs: “Nine”, “삐에로” (Pierrot), “ID.S” (Ideal Scenario) which was included in JYJ’s first music essay Their Rooms “Our Story”.
Hard To Say I Love You (Sunao ni Narenakute 素直になれなくて)
Banjun Theater and Vacation
Heaven’s Postman (천국의 우편 배달부) : movie
On November 21, 2006, a man with the surname Han filed a lawsuit against Hero’s guardians. Han claimed he was Hero’s biological father, and thus wanted parental rights.
Han cited the reason for the lawsuit against Hero’s legal guardians as “for not going through the proper procedures before registering [Hero] in [the legal guardians’] custody.” He divorced Hero’s biological mother in late 1980s, and gave up his custody over his child, leaving him under Mrs. Han’s custody. However, he had found out some years ago Hero had been raised by a third party, not his biological mother. A DNA test was to be performed in order to prove validity of Han’s claim. Many legal consultants comment that since the adoption had taken place correctly according to the corresponding law, no legal change will be involved regardless of the outcome.
The first hearing was to be held in Hero’s hometown, Gongju, on November 29, 2006. But on November 22, Han dropped the charges against Hero’s legal guardians. Han said that he originally intended to resolve his biological son’s military duty conflicts after being informed of dual citizenship by Ministry of Military Affairs, which involved verifying the fact that he is the biological father. He did not expect his intention to lead to such a scandal, and states that he was scarred by speculations that he wanted to take advantage of Hero’s fame.
In reaction to the matter, Hero uploaded a journal entry on his official fan club website, and said that he was informed of the existence of separate biological parents by his mother two or three years ago, and it had been quite a shock to him. With his current mother’s support, his biological mother has been able to keep in touch with him, and to meet occasionally, but whereabouts of his father had been unknown.
He vigorously expressed his will to live by the name of “Kim Jaejoong,” not by his birth name Han Jaejoon (한재준), and promised to be loyal to all four of his parents. He also said he did not want his family history exposed to the public due to this incident.