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[B.A.P Hot Debut Story] Jongup “Spelling tests worth 0 points, but his popularity was marked for 100 points”

“How did the celebrities inside our televisions become a star?” 

With the outlooks on the entertainment industry rising one step higher, we as the public aren’t just curious about their glamorous images, but their back stories before they became celebrities as well. 

We have prepared the column “star story” in our publishing which not only tells a truthful side to stars, but their past that brought them to where they are today. This episode’s protagonist is B.A.P’s Jongup, who is one members of the heartwarming magnae line.

Jongup transferred elementary schools after a month from the one he was originally attending in Siheung and even then, his mischievous tendencies still continued.

“Till first grade, I stayed quiet because my surroundings were unfamiliar and I didn’t fit in with my peers all too well. However, I started gaining more friends in second grade and played a lot. I would use an abandoned mattress in our neighborhood as a toy and think of a stick as a weapon to play fight with my friends all over our neighborhood. Even when I think about it, I was a mischievous kid.”

However, in playing like this every day, he would put his studies behind, spelling tests especially being one of the most difficult tasks for little Jongup.

“Playing with my friends every day, my spelling tests were always marked up as 0 haha. There was a kid I played with who always got 100 that I started to become jealous of one day and so I began studying. Studying for about a month, I got a 90 on my test and even my mother was surprised (laughs).”

In his elementary school days, Jongup was a popular kid, his personality of being able to get along with others being one factor but his mother being another huge influence as well.

“Since first grade, my mother started up a restaurant and at first, I complained because I couldn’t adjust to a room where there was no one. Later on however, I knew my mother was sacrificing for me so I would help out with dish washing at her restaurant. On days off, she would make hot cakes or other delicious foods (since she had a chefs license) and that’s how I was popular amongst my peers (laughs).”

Like any other kid, when Jongup entered his older elementary school years, he fell into computer games. However, he wasn’t necessarily so into computer games since he had one computer in his home as he and his brothers all had to share one.

“Since we would use it on rotation between my brothers and I, there were days where the computer would be on all day and we got in trouble because the electricity bill came out high haha.”

Jongup who enjoyed playing with his friends opened his eyes to a whole new world when he moved onto middle school, officially taking an interest in dancing.


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