Actor Lee Yi Kyung Reveals How He Met And Became Good Friends With BTS’s Jin

“I believe Jin was 18 or 19 at the time…”

In the latest episode of Radio Star, actor Lee Yi Kyung shared where he first met BTS‘s Jin and how the two of them have come to be good friends.


Lee Yi Kyung explained that when he was discharged from his military duty at the age of 23, he decided to sign up for acting classes.

I’m sure Seokjin’s fans know this already. But there was this acting school in a brick building in front of my house. It’s gone now, but anyway.

— Lee Yi Kyung


There he met Jin, who was a high school student at the time.

I believe Jin was 18 or 19 at the time. He came to take acting classes too, in his school uniform and all. That’s how I met him. We grew closer while attending that place together.

— Lee Yi Kyung


Lee Yi Kyung added that even the young, high-school-Jin had that worldwide handsomeness working for him.

He was already very popular for his good-looks.

— Lee Yi Kyung


The two drifted apart as they each moved on to different colleges — Jin got accepted to Konkuk University while Lee Yi Kyung attended the Seoul Institute of the Arts. It was only at the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards where the two reunited after all the years!

I was at MAMA two years ago to present an award. After I came down from the stage, I saw Jin running toward me. He came back stage and called me, ‘Hyung!’ I was grateful that he still remembers us. I know it’s not easy to do that, so…

— Lee Yi Kyung


Since then, the two have kept in touch again. Lee Yi Kyung commented he now sees Jin time to time and stays a good hyung to the long-time dongsaeng.

Watching you run backstage to see me after the ceremony, I realized how you haven’t changed at all and that moved me. Thanks for the good energy. Let’s hang out soon!

— Lee Yi Kyung, 2018


In fact, Lee Yi Kyung and Jin boasted their rekindled friendship at the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards. ARMYs adored and appreciated this interaction between the two bros.

BTS’s Jin And Lee Yi Kyung Shared A LeJINdary Moment At MAMA


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