Seungri: Profile, Facts, BIG BANG, Controversies

Who Is Seungri?

Seungri is one of the top South Korean idols whose name has been known throughout Asia. The idol who was born on December 12th, 1990, has had many works, be it solo works or with his group, BIG BANG. 
He used to be loved and known across all Asia and even the world. But, in 2019, he got into several major controversies involving a number of other popular Korean celebrities such as Jung Joon-young, HIGHLIGHT’s Yong Junhyung, CN BLUE’s Lee Jong-hyun, and FT Island’s Choi Jong-hoon. His name was dragged to the allegations of pimping, prostitution, drug trafficking, tax evasion, recording and distribution of illegal sex videos, bribery, and even police corruption. Are you curious to dive deep into the details of his story? If so, let’s scroll down this article below to find out!



Seungri’s Full Profile

Stage Name: Seungri (승리)
Birth Name: Lee Seung-hyun (이승현)
Position: Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Maknae
Date of Birth: December 12th, 1990
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Birth Place: Gwangju, South Korea
Height: 177 cm (5’10”)
Weight: 60 kg (132 lbs)
Blood Type: A
Instagram: @seungriseyo
Twitter: @ForvictoRi
Me2day: @viofbb


Seungri’s Facts

  • Gwangju, South Korea, is his hometown
  • He has a younger sister named Hanna
  • With Girls’ Generation‘s Yuri and Sooyoung, he studied at Chung-Ang University but ended up dropping out due to Big Bang’s busy schedule
  • He is notorious for his blunt attitude and his overconfidence
  • Panda is his nickname created by fans and fellow members because of his dark eye circles that resemble a panda, and also his hobby of collecting panda stuff
  • His ideal type is “a girl that has a lot of aegyo and a bright voice” since he wants to call her often
  • He was scouted by YG Entertainment to train for BIG BANG after making an appearance in an audition/survival program titled Let’s Coke Play! Battle Shinhwa, where he competed to be part of the boy band Battle, which was initially advertised as the next Shinhwa
  • He originally didn’t make it to the final line-up of BIG BANG, but due to his embarrassment in front of his friends and family, he went back to YG and competed against SO–1 (aka Hyunsung from B2ST) to be the final member and he ended up winning
  • As a result of the decision that BIG BANG ends up having five members, G-Dragon was upset and he totally ignored Seungri for three months
  • A bowl of rice and beef is his favorite food
  • When a fan asked Seungri to rank the members based on the looks he said he’s in the 3rd place, so he’s neither ugly nor handsome
  • He has made a cameo appearance in the movies Why Did You Come to My House? and 19 alongside T.O.P.
  • He also acted in the 2014 Korean drama Angel’s Eyes
  • He was featured in Alan Walker’s song “Ignite” along with Julie Bergan and K-391
  • A large portion of BIG BANG’s dances are his choreography
  • He has his own dance academy named Seungri’s Academy
  • He has his own ramen store, Aori Ramen, that became a controversy in 2018
  • A lot of well-known debuted idols have attended Seungri’s dance academy, these include Topp Dogg’s Jun Hojoon and Kim Sangkyoon, BTS’ J-HOPE, WINNER’s Jinwoo, VIXX’s Hyuk, KARA’s Goo Hara, B.A.P’s Zelo, EXID’s Seo Hyerin, C-Clown’s Kang Jun, Ladies Code’s Zuny, Laboum’s Soyeon, Lovelyz’s Mijoo, and Nine Muses’s Pyo Hyemi
    – Seungri is the CEO of YGX (a subsidiary company of YG Ent.) (Idol Room ep. from vLive)
  • He starred in his own TV show, Netflix’s YG Future Strategy Office, released on October 5th, 2018
  • After allegedly reported of mediating escort and prostitution services to foreign investors in 2015, he started being investigated by the police
  • He has also been accused of being part of a chatroom where singer Jung Joon-young was reported of illegally sharing videos of women and he was accused of habitual gambling in Las Vegas (“Jung Joon Young had 23 chatrooms where illegal footage of women was shared and Seungri has been a participant in one business chatroom where JJY sent 1 illegal footage,” as reported by KBS and Jung Joon-young’s court document)
  • After a string of controversies, he finally announced his retirement from the Entertainment industry on March 11th, 2019
  • His contract was officially terminated by YG Entertainment on March 13th, 2019, upon his personal request
  • He was indicted without detention for allegedly organizing prostitution, habitual gambling, and illegal foreign currency trade on January 31st, 2020
  • At the 6th Infantry Recruit Training Center in Cheorwon County, Gangwon Province, he got enlisted in the military on March 9th, 2020