Get to Know Former Chocolat Member Melanie: Profile, Marriage, Her Thoughts on Chocolat’s Disbandment

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Let’s Take a Look With The Most Beautiful Main Vocalist of Chocolat – Melanie Lee

Melanie Aurora Lee was born on May 5th, 1997. She is also known as Melanie Lee. She is a South Korean singer, member of the underrated girl group Chocolat. She took the positions Main Vocalist, Rapper, Lead Dancer, and Maknae in her group, Chocolat. Chocolat is a South Korean 4-member girl group that consisted of members Min Soa, Juliane, Tia, and Melanie. The name of the group itself is taken from the French which means “Cokelat.” This name was chosen to address people who really like various types of chocolate. They debuted on August 17th, 2011, under Paramount Music. Melanie confirmed in an interview that the group members’ contracts ended in February 2017 and Chocolat disbanded.

In this article, Channel-Korea will provide you with a closer run-through of everything about Melanie Lee, former member of the underrated South Korean girl group Chocolat. So, don’t skip this article and keep reading!

Melanie Lee’s Full Profile

Stage Name: Melanie (멜라니)
Birth Name: Melanie Aurora Lee
Position: Main Vocalist, Rapper, Lead Dancer, Maknae
Date of Birth: May 5th, 1997
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rooster
Height: 162 cm (5’3″)
Weight: 44 kg (97 lbs)
Blood Type: A
Nationality: Korean-American

Facts About Melanie
  • She moved to Hawaii when she was 8 years old, stayed there for a year and a half before going back to South Korea.
  • She and Tia met in school together, learning that both their mothers had known each other for 30 years. After getting better acquainted, Melanie auditioned and joined the group with Tia.
  • Her special skill is cheerleading.
  • From her mother’s side, she is half Korean, and through her father’s side, who was in the U.S. Armed Forces in Korea, she is of Italian and German descent.
  • Melanie and Tia are the youngest members of the group, both of them were born in 1997.

Debut with Chocolat

Melanie Aurora Lee, or Melanie Lee, debuted with Min So-a, Juliane, and Tia in the girl group Chocolat in 2011. Melanie was only 14 years old when she performed her debut song “Syndrome.” In the group Chocolat, Melanie with Tia became the youngest member of the group, both born in 1997. Melanie was the main vocalist in the group.

Chocolat’s Official Disbandment

Most K-Pop performers don’t want to do an interview with Kpopalypse, and given the pressure put on them to keep up a squeaky-clean image, who can blame them? The interviewer series goes deep, as deep as The interviewer subjects are willing to go, and certainly far deeper than the K-Pop industry as a whole is comfortable with. Which was why The interviewer was surprised when The interviewer received this:


Hi, how are you?


ChoColat has disbanded, is that correct?

Yes, we did.

When did that actually happen?  I know that “Black Tinkerbell” was the last song ChoColat came out with, and there was a long period of nothing. I’m not sure what happened after that.

Our contract officially ended in February 2017. The entire time until now everyone was just kind of laying low, doing our own thing, waiting until the contract was over, but because of the contract, we were legally bound and not able to say anything. We weren’t able to make statements, which is why everyone was like, “What are you guys doing, why aren’t you saying anything?” And we were like, “I really wish I could but I can’t!”

We’ll get back to the group ending later, but for now, I want to talk a bit about how you got involved in the group in the first place.

It all started in middle school, I was in seventh grade, I was going to a school on a military base in South Korea, that’s where I met the other former member named Tia. Our mums somehow knew each other, from a long time ago they were friends, obviously when she moved they reconnected again and then we met up. I found out that she was an MC host for a kid’s TV show teaching English, and I guess she got in contact with our former company and our former boss. He was trying to start a biracial group, something new, something nobody had seen before, a group made up of all biracial girls. Because she was living in an area where being biracial was so common – on a military installation, military active duty members meet new people all the time – it was really common where we were at the time, so she was just looking around for anybody interested. As her mum and my mum were friends, she asked me and I was like [puts on ‘young Melanie’ voice] “yeah, of course! I wanna be famous, let’s do it!” Who would pass up on the opportunity? I guess some people would, but I was like, “of course, I’m down, let’s do it!” And that’s just kind of how it all got started.

I know when ChoColat debuted the “mixed-race” thing was a really big part of the hype.  I was wondering if that was accidental or if it was planned.

It was completely planned. That was our former company boss’ first intent; he wanted everybody to be half-American, half-Korean, half-Chinese, half-Japanese, he didn’t really care, he just wanted an all-biracial group, something that’s never been before, that would cause a lot of hype, as you said. In the end, it didn’t turn out as all-biracial, but that was how he wanted it to turn out to be.

Melanie Lee’s Marriage


In an interview with KPOPALYPSE, Melanie said that she moved to the States and she no longer lives in Korea. She has gotten married and she started to attend an online school and that’s all she has been up to! Her husband is Matt Murphy. The two have been dating for at least three years before their marriage, and it looks like he decided to serve for the US army, much like Melanie’s father.

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