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01 February 2009 @ 11:57 pm
[info] About SHINee's family background  
I've always wondered about SHINee's family background and I'm glad to find this in soompi. I'm just going to quote everything the poster said.

i was deliberating between posting this at the bulletins but it doesnt seem that official enough so i just thought to share it here since i have read some pretty ridiculous stories about SHINee's family background (especially the ones about onew. those stories could even be made into a drama -.-). this is something that i read over at smshinee and it's written by a chinese fan 小智 who resides in korea.i added in some of my own observations as well so feel free to share what you know of the boys too.

just to recap with everyone about SHINee's family(the people they live with)

ONEW: father, mother, onew(only child)
JONGHYUN: father, mother, older sister, jonghyun (youngest)
KEY: father, mother, grandmother, key (only child)
MINHO: father, mother, older brother, minho (youngest)
TAEMIN: father, mother, older brother, taemin (youngest)

onew's family owns a meat shop in a market. in korea, the meat is pretty pricey so they earn a reasonable sum of money from selling meat. besides, to be able to own a shop in korea, it shows that the family is relatively well-off. onew used to study in the SM academy and the school fees there is like 50 million won per month so yeah. he probably belongs to the middle to upper income family. and if you were to look back on the channel v bags special video. onew actually owns a notebook and 2 ipods which shows that his family is pretty well off too.

there was a SHINee fan who visited the shop before and said that SHINee's songs were being played in the store. apparently, onew learned how to play the piano on his own (ie. did not take lessons) as he enrolled into high school. he probably received proper lessons as a trainee in SM. onew is also said to be a really kind boy in school. on a field trip to the sea with his friends, he took a portion of meat from his family shop that could feed 10 people to share with his friends. even though that meant lesser earnings for his family that day.

there are many untrue rumours about onew's background. the most famous one being his family being a very prestigious and well respected family. about how his grandfather is a renowned pianist and his father works in the government but then gave up his position to invest a business venture with his mother. there was another rumour about how onew was a delinquent kid and he turned over a new leaf after a financial crisis in the family or some sort.

key's family is very wealthy (he is probably the most well-off in SHINee). his father works in the bonds sector (stocks exchange, investment, banking, broker etc). key was sent overseas when he was young to study language(probably english). he returned to korea and was sent overseas again for a year. i m guessing that he was sent to america since he mentioned before he stayed in sans francisco(or was it LA?) for a year before. key has also been on exchange programmes to america as well as scuba diving lessons before (go dig up the translated essays of key at the bulletins) so his family is definitely well-off to be able to sponsor him on such trips and all.

key is also very close to his grandmother. it is said that he grew up living along with his grandmother. which explains his 'umma' personality in the group as well as his naggy nature when talking sometimes.

with regards to key's family financial status. it is pretty obvious from the way key carries himself that he is from a wealthy family. for one his fashion sense and his knowledge abut fashion. he dresses well and knows a lot about the fashion trends which is something that people who are more well-off will pursue.

i m sure many of us have heard of this. minho's father is the ex soccer coach of the taejeon soccer team. he recently went to turkey during autumn for further training but has returned from the trip already.

it is believed that minho's family is relatively well-off too. a soccer coach's salary should be pretty high. and like key. minho's fashion sense is also very good. if you were to look at the channel v bags special video. minho's bag seems to show that his financial status is not bad. the vaio laptop, psp etc. even the bag itself appears to be pricey. (or maybe it's just in my country that those kind of leather bags are pricey). in the most recent stalker pics of him shopping in myeong-dong with jonghyun. minho is seen carrying a LV bag which needless to say, is exorbitant price and obviously not a kind of gift that fans can afford. so for minho(or his family) to be able to afford this kind of luxury, it can be inferred that his family is relatively well off too.

it is also said that minho had wanted to be a basketball player initially.

out of all the SHINee members. little is known about taemin's and jonghyun's family background. there have been rumours about how jonghyun and taemin knew each before they were trainees since both their mothers used to be celebrities. this has never been confirmed and it is pretty much unlikely too.

taemin's family is said to be the least well-off amongst the members. as a trainee. he did not own a MP3 player and had walked around wearing a set of headphones that was just tucked into his pocket and not attached to anything. when he was found out, he simply said that he just wanted to avoid having girls come up to him for a chat. the current ipod(it looks like an ipod but it may just be MP3 of some unknown brand) that he owns was a gift given by a noona fan on one of their earliest fansign event. there were rumours about his father being a history teacher in middle school but it was never proven true. the bags special on channel v shows taemin's bag as being the most simple amongst the members. there was nothing especially pricey in the bag which itself is a gift from the fans too. taemin's modest personality also suggests that he came from a humble background.

it is believed that jonghyun's family is relatively well-off too. jonghyun studied in a music school (before he stopped school to focus on debut) and fees for such institutions in korea are quite high so his family must be quite well-off to afford sending him to such school. besides. jonghyun was in a band as a student and for him to be able to dabble in music (owning a bass, learning instruments). his family's financial status should be not bad as well. from memory though. i dont recall jonghyun talking about his father before. his messages on radio shows have always been about his mother and once about his sister(2 years older than him) who are the 2 people he is closest to apparently.

source: atlantis-x @ soompi

Wow, it's so nice to know more about their family background. Onew getting to study in SM academy? No wonder I don't see any audition videos from him. And the school fees are so expensive, seriously. *o*
As for Key, it's kind of obvious how well-off his family is. Just how he dresses himself, to the way he acts, and those visits to other countries.
I didn't know Minho's dad is an ex soccer coach. That explains how much he loves soccer.
Taemin, he's so modest~ ♥
To be honest, I get the aura of a rich kid from Jonghyun. 8D

And uhm, one more note, it doesn't necessarily mean that all of what's written here are 100% true since it's a fan account. but out of the others i've seen this seems reliable enough. you could judge by your own, no problem. :] ah, i hope we get the info about their families straight from them soon. ♥

hunterbearno_mercy_again on February 1st, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
oh, my minmin... nuna want to hug u . poor my minmin .... nuna wanna give u some gifts right now , new bag or new mp3 ... my boy's so young so he makes money but can't spend it. my minmin, nuna don't know you can cute like that : use headphone to avoid girl ^^ .
Stephstickerbox on February 1st, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I get the aura of a rich kid from Jonghyun.
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
lol i'm glad i'm not alone on that 8D
(no subject) - randomkeys on February 1st, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
and srsly i think KEY's the most well-off
(no subject) - tamara_minami on February 1st, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
レーザ。onew on February 1st, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)

i've always had a feeling that onyu and key were from rich families, really.
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
me too actually, especially on key~
i've only realized about onew lately but before i've seen this one~

i still do think jonghyun's a rich kid. 8DDD
(no subject) - onew on February 1st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
t•언니: minho ; loltaengoo on February 1st, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
srsly, i want to adopt taemin and just give him the world.

and key... lol. I AM NOT SURPRISED XD

慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
i'm not surprised either XD
(no subject) - taengoo on February 1st, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
oh, there you are 。yumeyana on February 1st, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)

actually, that part with key might be partially true. partially because not everyone who is sent overseas to study is rich. the kids in the school where i teach are not all well-off. my co-teachers say it's a status thing in korea to be able to study english overseas.

taemin---i use my ipod to avoid hearing the salespeople ask me if i want anything when i'm just looking. ^^;;
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
i do think it is quite true, about key i mean~ 8D
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airesky on February 1st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
ahh~ their lives are so different from those of the older idol groups...like i remember yunho & jaejoong from DBSK were like homeless for a while when they were trying to pursue their dreams.

but key is totally the rich kid type xD

慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
true true~
but it's great how they're so modest and humble ♥
(no subject) - randomkeys on February 1st, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
junudge on February 1st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
as a trainee. he did not own a MP3 player and had walked around wearing a set of headphones that was just tucked into his pocket and not attached to anything. when he was found out, he simply said that he just wanted to avoid having girls come up to him for a chat.

why do i not believe this?
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
hmmm it's kinda off but i remember from the videos where they showed their bags' contents, the members were teasing him, "that's not even yours" when he showed his mp3~
(no subject) - tamara_minami on February 1st, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Siaht Yessenhart: jongmin_so_youngoh_god_key on February 1st, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of Onew being a delinquent but I wouldn't believe it unless he said so himself, I mean, c'mon look at him XD If such thing was said about Jonghyun though, then I might have believed it XD

Anyways, this seems to be pretty reliable input about their families. And you know what's better? It's that even coming from wealthy families *maybe with the exception of Taemin*, the boys are in the music scenery for their exceptional talents and not because they've paid for it. We know how often that happens. Oh and also, the boys are so nice compared to most of rich people out there! It's an enviable behavior that they have!

Btw, why do I foresee a truckload of gifts being sent to Taemin ♥
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
i just lol-ed at it, really. 8D

it is quite reliable, but still, it's a fan account.
i can't wait to hear about their families coming straight from the boys.
that would be more awesome.

haha 8D
Jamieiamsocool12345 on February 1st, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I get the aura of a rich kid from Jonghyun.

XDDDD Again, Jonghyun's someone you'd want to hate, if he weren't so effing gorgeous likeable.
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
well, that's part of his charm ♥
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tinuviel228tinuviel228 on February 1st, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
ah that was interesting!
But who are Jonghyun and Taemin's mothers? I never knew they were celebrities
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
about jonghyun and taemin's mothers being celebrities, i don't think that's true.
(no subject) - tinuviel228 on February 1st, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
loller_pop on February 1st, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
there was another rumour about how onew was a delinquent kid and he turned over a new leaf
lmao! im dying here! xD Thanks for posting this. :)
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
and you're welcome :]
anne。: 온유; saying i love youzngnn on February 1st, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
That SO explains Minho's love for soccer. I'm picturing a mini Minho following his father while his father teaches his soccer xD; ♥
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
lol yes ♥
no wonder he's so passionate about it.
| s a r a |: ONKEY - romanticgraze on February 1st, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
LOL, Onew just had to be rebel sometime in his life. OnPyo! LOL.
Key's like me, we're close with our grandmas and so we have Umma qualities. Although that works for Key better than me, this drives the guys away. I gotta tone down the Umma-ness in me. xD Of course he's rich lol. He has how many credit cards.
Minho haha that totally explains why he loves soccer so much.
Taeminnieeee ♥ So cute!
Jonghyun gawd he's someone you'd hate but like...he'll win you over anyway.

I want a F4!SHINee fic. LOL. Pretty Rich boys...xDD
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)

HAHA F4!SHINee fic~ i actually thought of something like that but (since i'm bias with my otp, i made onew jun pyo and jonghyun geum jan di - lol don't ask 8D)
it seems taemin fits to be geum jan di though. lol
(no subject) - romanticgraze on February 1st, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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SHINEE+SH.W=LOVEloversflyinfree on February 1st, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm really surprised how well off these boys are o.o (Minus Taemin♥)
sophie.: i don't speak unmyeong on February 1st, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
haha, the closest my family is financially is between taemin and jonghyun :| jonghyun gives that rich kid vibe when you look at him, though! X)
麥艷華mistakened on February 1st, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
...The only way I can imagine Onew as a delinquent is if he accidentally tripped and shanked someone.
essyllus: shinee → babe we're like thisessyllus on February 1st, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
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oppa hates you: PoT: notreally: demonic_buchoumnemo_syne on February 1st, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
I don't quite get the rich kid vibe from Jonghyun. I get somebody who WANTS to have the rich vibe! He never mentions his father though, which makes me curious.

Key, I already knew. His English, credit cards and trendy accessories, lol. I would not believe a word of the Onew/delinquent thing, that's ridic. But awww, Taeminnie~ that would be tough, esp. if you're around pple who don't understand what it's like.
ronni: shineechinchuu on February 1st, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
onew a delinquent... who would believe that one? XD
it's understandable where key must get his umma-personality from. haha

how do people know all about these things? o___O
慾jonghyun on February 1st, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
i really have no idea~
they must have compiled all of the fan accounts and their observations?
Michelle: shineeitsumademo_news on February 1st, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
LOL onew is way too smiley to be a delinquent xD

thanks for sharing this info! i had no idea their families were so wealthy *_*
Julius: keyava2juliusnishi on February 2nd, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
ROFL It's so like Key being rich lol
And awww-- Key, give a decent mp3 player to your son!
lol I was wondering that myself one of these days, if they were from a humble background, because they are so nice ^__^

Thanks for the post!
慾jonghyun on February 2nd, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
true~ it's amazing how almost all of them came from a well-off family and be such nice people that they are. ♥
iluvkidnappers: Artist >> SHINeeiluvkidnappers on February 2nd, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
oh taemin ;-;
ji-enne.: Smile: SHINee (Leader)viviennnnne on February 2nd, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Jonghyun with a noona :D I want pictures of their family ! The picture of Minho and Bling in Myeong-dong kept haunting me. Minho should just quit SHINee and start modeling rofl. I would like to be Key's younger sister btw :D
慾jonghyun on February 2nd, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
There's actually a pre-debut picture of Jong with her older sister. She looks pretty~ Once also, Onew mentioned in an interview that Jong's noona is really beautiful.
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polkadot59polkadot59 on February 2nd, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
yeah, it all seems plausible to me. key still seems really nice/humble, though...not like a snotty rich kid. He carries himself with a sort of...grace? (that's all i can think of to describe it), but he doesn't seem like he thinks he's all that and a bag of chips.

either way, they're all rich now...from being in the band and all XD
慾jonghyun on February 2nd, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
yes yes~
i agree with everything. :]
Maki: shineeyumi_maki on February 2nd, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
Whaa, I haven't been here in awhile and I missed so much! Hmm, well a lot of this sounds like she's going off of observation but I did learn some things - like about Minho's dad (aww, that's why he loves football so much~) and about Key and his halmonhee (umma <3) and about Taemin (T_T if that's true, no wonder the fans are always showering him with gifts - now I want to give him a ton of stuff too, but more so, I just want to give him a hug. Babymin....)
Oh, I'm a little surprised at the well off thing - I didn't get that impression about any of them, especially not Key, to be honest but I guess that's cool. It's nice to see that they're so nice and down to earth in light of all that - but OMG, 50 million won per month to go to the SM academy! That's like the fees at the international school here - no normal person could afford it. And wow, Onew as a delinquent - that's...hard to believe.
But it's true though - Jonghyun never mentions his dad. I noticed but didn't pay it much attention. Hmm...
Anyway, thanks for sharing, BJ.