Park Bo-gum’s Personal Life
Park Bo-gum was born on June 16, 1993 at Mokdong, Seoul, and the youngest from three siblings. He has a sister that was born in 1983 and a brother that was born 1984. Park Bo-gum’s mom had died when he was in fourth grade of elementary school. Since then, he has been living with his father as a single parent. The name of Bo-gum means ‘precious sword’ and was given by the founding pastor of the church he usually attend to. Park Bo-gum feels special to have that name because no one has the same name as him.
For education, Park Bo-gum went to Mokdong Elementary School, Mokdong Middle School, and Shinmok High School, and Myongji University Department of Film and Musical. When he was in middle school, he used to be a swimmer until middle school. However, Park Bo-gum started to fall into slump and interested to music.
During his sophomore year of high school, he started to dream becoming a singer-songwriter. Then, he started to send demos of him singing and playing piano to several management agencies. Many agencies gave feedback for his demos and one of them was SidusHQ, an acting management, who was the first to reply. But, instead of singing they recommended Park Bo-gum to act. Because of his interest for acting, he signed his first contract as an actor with agency SidusHQ.
During his high school year too, Park Bo-gum become famous as “Mokdong Hunnam” or ulzzang from Mokdong. But, he said that he never took a selca. The rumor spread when his friends had made a survey on a mini homepage then later the result of survey become famous. In 2012, he graduated from Shinmok High School while having career as an actor.
Park Bo-gum enrolled at Myongji University, Department of Film and Musical, in 2014. He didn’t go to college right away because he has to prepare for his debut since his second year in high school. He thinks he can study slowly while acting.
Despite his busy schedule, he managed to participate in school’s activities, such as directing a play based on Anton Chekov’s work in 2015 and became a music director for his graduating class’s production. The work for his graduating class is a musical Hairspray. For practice with his classmates, he even returning from holiday after working.
In February 2018, Park Bo-gum graduated as a bachelor from Myongji University.
졸업을 축하해주신 모든 분들, 감사합니다! 2018.02.21 pic.twitter.com/xNU9y9b0pX
— 박보검 (@BOGUMMY) February 21, 2018
In 2016, Park Bo-gum’s father came into the spotlight in entertainment gossip. Netizens found out that Park Bo-gum filed for bankruptcy struggling to get out from his father’s debt. Back in 2008, when he was a teenager, his father borrowed 300 Million Won from loan shark to build a business and Park Bo-gum’s name became the co-guarantee without his consent. However, the business failed and his father couldn’t pay back the amount as the interest became high. When he just started acting, the loan shark demanded the money but Park Bo-gum declined because he was still not making much money. Then, the loan shark took this matter to the court. In the court, Park Bo-gum stated he didn’t have the obligation to pay the debt since his father signed without his consent. The court decided to make him pay the debt but he refused and filed for bankruptcy. In 2015, the court accept his request after reviewing his income and he only had to pay for 30 million won. In September 2015, he became debt free.
Park Bo-gum’s image is famous for his politeness and his kind heart. His costume in the drama Reply 1998, will be auctioned for charity. The money will be donated for Vision Care, a NGO to prevention blindness. He also made a surprise visit at the children’s hospital as an event from sponsor. Not only Park Bo-gum, his fans also makes donations to celebrate his birthday. In 2016, his fans donated funds for Child Cancer Foundation. Park Bo-gum revealed his thoughts on his image.
“I’m kind of person who tried to have a peaceful life and accepting things and thanking for what is given,” said Park. He also added, “I feel humbled by the support from my fans. I will do my best as an actor and make more appearances in the projects.”