BTS’s Jungkook Wasn’t Born Shy, Here’s How It Started 

He shared the story of how his shyness began.

When Jungkook joined BTS, he was incredibly shy, but according to his new biography that wasn’t always the case.

In Jungkook’s “My Biography” interview for Volume 8 of Japan’s  FC magazine, he shared his hopes for BTS’s future and memories from his childhood.

Jungkook began life as a spirited, “mischievous boy” who loved to being outside much more than he likes being in a classroom.

I was a very mischievous boy when I was young. I loved playing outside as a kid. I really hated studying though. I got in trouble by my mom a lot. I was the type of kid who would run down the hallway and eat lunch fast at school (laughs). I even tried out for a b-boy competition even though I wasn’t good at it. I sang 2AM’s “This Song” during a field trip in middle school too.

— Jungkook

At a young age, this vibrant star began auditioning to be a singer, even though he didn’t quite know what his dream was yet. “You might think that I had a dream of becoming a singer from a young age,” he said. “but truthfully I still didn’t know what my goal or dream was even when I tried out for the audition program. “

For Jungkook, the audition was just for the experience and he went into it without putting pressure on himself.

It was more of a ‘what will be will be’ type of mindset and was also just for fun.

— Jungkook

When he arrived for his audition, however, he became overwhelmed by the number of people in the audition hall.

But when I arrived at the audition hall, I became intimidated by the large crowd. I started to shrink after being surrounded by so many strangers. This might be the time that I began being shy around people I didn’t know.

— Jungkook

This acquired shyness would follow Jungkook all the way to Big Hit Entertainment in Seoul, where he met his future members and best friends. As a trainee, Jungkook was so shy that he would keep to himself and shower only after the other members had gone to sleep.

With the help of V and his own determination, Jungkook eventually shied away from his shyness and became the powerful entertainer we know today.

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I was really shy during my trainee days and lacked sociability. But it got better after V joined the company. V and I have similar personalities and it’s thanks to him that I came out of my shell. The more I became close to V the more I liked him.

— Jungkook