Irene (Red Velvet)

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Irene 'Red Velvet' - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career

Bae Joo Hyun, or popularly known as Irene, is a Korean singer. She is a member of the K-POP girl group Red Velvet.

She became famous after debuting as the main rapper, lead dancer, visual, center, sub vocalist,  and the leader of Red Velvet.


Irene began to enter her life as an idol since she became a trainee from SM Entertainment.

In 2009, she officially became one of the SM Entertainment trainees and trained for five years.

Then, finally, in 2013, she was introduced to the public through SM Rookies, a pre-debut training team from SM Entertainment with Jaehyun from NCT and Lami.

After that, a number of clips of Irene were published through SM Entertainment’s official YouTube channel. One of them is a video of her and Seulgi doing cover dancing to S.E.S’s Be Natural.

Finally in 2014, she managed to debut as a member of Red Velvet. Since then, she has become the leader and released a number of singles and albums that always become top hits.

In 2020, SM Entertainment confirmed that Irene and Seulgi would be a sub-unit of Red Velvet. This sub-unit then debuted in July and released their mini-album, Monster.


  • Real Name: Bae Joo Hyun (배주현)
  • Stage Name: Irene (아이린)
  • Nickname: Irene, Baechu, Baetokki
  • Birthdate: March 29, 1991
  • Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • Nationality: South Korea
  • Position: Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Visual, Center, Sub-Vocalist, Leader (Red Velvet)
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Model, Dancer, Actress, Rapper
  • Education: Haknam High School
  • Hobbies: Dancing, Cooking
  • Facebook: –
  • Twitter: –
  • Instagram: @renebaebae
  • Tiktok: –
  • YouTube:

Height, Weight & Appearance

  • Height: 160 cm (5’3″)
  • Weight: 44 kg (97 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Hair color: Black
  • Eye color: Brown
  • Body measurements: ‎33-22-34 (Bust -33, Waist -22, and Hips -34 inches)
  • Shoe size: 8.5 (US)
  • Dress Size: –


  • Father: –
  • Mother: –
  • Brother: –
  • Sister: 1

Boyfriend & Dating History

High School Boyfriend

Irene is said to have dated back in high school before joining SM Entertainment.

There is a very old and picture of Irene and her ex-boyfriend back in 2018.

The picture is said to be Irene and her high school boyfriend in their school uniforms, singing at the karaoke.

Park Bogum

After her debut with Red Velvet, Irene was involved in a dating rumor with actor Park Bogum.

She appeared on the Variety Show Radio Star and mentioned that she didn’t know the two of them were rumored to be dating.


There were several rumors between BTS’ V and Irene.

However, it was only because a lot of fans ‘shipped’ them and edited pictures two of them together. Neither sides have confirmed this rumor.

Suho (EXO)

As a labelmate, EXO’s Suho is familiar to Irene. They have been seen together several times, but neither sides have confirmed they are in a relationship.

Net Worth

Irene has an estimated net worth of $4 million to $8 million. She mainly earns from her career in Red Velvet, but she also earns from brand deal endorsements.

Plastic Surgery 

There used to be an uproar that Irene did plastic surgery. However, there have been no official confirmations from Irene’s side.

As well as the fact that photos from Irene’s childhood revealed that she has been an “original visual” since she was in school.


Attitude controversy

On October 20, 2020, editor and stylist Kang Kook Hwa published a lengthy post on Instagram on an incident in which a female idol verbally attacked her.

It was speculated that it was either Red Velvet’s Irene or Seulgi as the post finished with the hashtags “Psycho” and “Monster”.

On the 22nd, Irene posted an apology on Instagram on her behavior while SM posted a statement confirming the news and stated that Irene had personally met with the stylist to apologize.


  • Irene likes purple, but her designated color is pink.
  • She also has representatives for animals (cat), fruit (red-flesh watermelon), weapons (axe), and drink (pink island ice tea).
  • She has siblings who are younger than her.
  • This girl left for Seoul when she was in the 3rd grade of high school to become an idol.
  • She has a role model, namely BoA.
  • When the other Red Velvet members have birthdays, she likes making seaweed soup for them.
  • This leader was close friends with Amber from the girl group F(X) when they were both still trainees.
  • She does not eat chicken because she was sick after eating it since a child.
  • Irene was an MC for the show Music Bank with Park Bo Gum from 2015 to 2016.
  • She has acted in a web drama Women at a Game Company as a female lead.
  • She has appeared in Henry’s 143 video clip and SHINee’s Why So Serious.
  • This idol doesn’t usually eat vegetables and she doesn’t like coffee.
  • She never dyed his hair when she was a trainee.
  • Irene really likes singing and dancing and the ambience when on stage.
  • Irene was once trusted to be the host for OnStyle’s fashion show Laundry Day.
  • The Notebook is her favorite movie.
  • She likes various types of music genres, from comfortable music, to rock, and ballads.
  • Irene is close friends with Sehun from Exo.
  • When dancing, her dance specialty is modern dance.
  • She likes the number 43, because 143 means ‘I Love You’.
  • She has a sensitive sense of smell.
  • She can do an imitation for Doraemon.
  • She is the member who has the most flexibility in Red Velvet.
  • Sometimes, Irene confesses that she likes to feel insecure about herself and asks others about her performance.
  • She likes fashion that is clean and comfortable to wear.
  • Normally, Irene would rather be a dependable person than rely on someone.
  • She wasn’t good at telling people about her problems.
  • She loves doing mind mapping for stress-relieving.
  • Irene is a rather quiet person and doesn’t express herself too often.
  • Irene likes to collect journals and notes.
  • She loves literature, and quite strict in grammar and spelling.
  • She is also close friends with Solar from the girl group Mamamoo.
  • The name ‘Irene’ comes from Greek mythology, which means Goddess of Peace.
  • She likes holding other people’s hands.
  • In the list of ‘The Most Beautiful Faces’, she occupies consecutive places from 2016 to 2018, namely 71st position, 55th position, then 41st position.
  • Irene’s ideal type is someone who is warm.

See Full Red Velvet Members


  • Double Patty (2021)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)
  • SMTown: The Stage (2015)


  • Descendants of the Sun (KBS2 | 2016), as herself

Web dramas

  • Irene Work & Holiday (Seezn | 2022), as herself
  • The Female Employees of a Game Company (Naver TV | 2016), as herself

Variety shows

  • KBS Song Festival (KBS2 | 2019), as MC
  • SBS Super Concert in Taipei (SBS | 2018), as MC
  • KBS Song Festival (KBS2 | 2017), as MC
  • Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards (2017), as MC
  • Music Bank World Tour: Jakarta (KBS2 | 2017), as MC
  • Music Bank World Tour: Singapore (KBS2 | 2017), as MC
  • Laundry Day (OnStyle | 2016–2017)
  • Music Bank (MBC | 2015–2016), as MC

Music video appearances

  • 1-4-3 (I Love You) (2013) – Henry
  • Why So Serious (2013) – SHINee
  • At Gwanghwamun (2014) – Kyuhyun


  • 2015 KBS Entertainment Awards – Rookie of the Year (Variety) – Music Bank


“[My happiest moment is] during our concert which was filled with people who want to listen to RV sing, who cheered for RV. And was filled with people who I miss the most right now.”

“I believe that people judge me the way they do because I look like that to them (she stopped talking once more)… But it doesn’t completely not bother me. Actually, I get influenced a lot [by what others think of me].”

“So that I can love myself more, I can make myself less lonely, I can make myself stronger, like that.”

“I always write down how I feel about myself. In the past, I constantly wrote a daily journal. These days, I make short notes.”

“I’m into myself. It’s fun to see how I change. A person can’t stay the same forever. When I see myself become closer and closer to what I wrote about myself in my memos, although I’ve liked myself before, I like myself even more now.”

“When I was in my twenties, I thought it was okay to be tired and hurt, because I thought that that was how I could become stronger. There are times when the things I’m enduring become burdening, but I overcome it by thinking that there are times like these too.”

“I was a lazy and introverted person, but one day I realized that I shouldn’t live like this. I thought that I shouldn’t just stay in the dorms doing nothing, because I was someone who was supposed to achieve and express things.”

“I felt like I was going to never stop sinking. That’s how I started to work out, and I also promised myself to become a person who’s more suitable for her job, someone that listens and speaks well.”

“We really powered up after hearing the fans’ cheers and applause on stage… I want to become someone who returns the fans’ love and help from other people well. I have to give the people who work hard for me a clear result, because that’s the right thing to do.”

“Let’s be happier next year. Happy New Year.”

“Thank you. I always say this but I always feel so reassured because of luvies.”

“Have as much fun as you want and do everything you want to do. I hope you have fun and be happy in your 20s.”

Pics of Irene

1. Irene and red color is a soulmate

Irene 'Red Velvet' - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career

2. She looks pretty even in the backstage

Irene 'Red Velvet' - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career

3. Her modelling skill is so attractive

Irene 'Red Velvet' - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career

4. No wonder she called as ‘Goddess of Peace’

'Red Velvet' - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career

5. Amazing Irene wears a crown for her performance

'Red Velvet' - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career


Who is Irene (Red Velvet)?

She is a a Korean singer.

Who is Irene (Red Velvet)’s real name?

Her real name is Bae Joo Hyun (배주현).

What makes Irene (Red Velvet) famous?

She’s famous as the main rapper, lead dancer, visual, center, sub vocalist,  and the leader of Red Velvet.

Where is Irene (Red Velvet) from?

She was born in Daegu, South Korea.

How old is Irene (Red Velvet)?

She was born in 1991, and she is 32 years old as of 2023.

When Irene (Red Velvet) celebrates her birthday?

She celebrates on the 29th of every March.

How tall is Irene (Red Velvet)?

Her height is 5’3″ or 160 cm.

Who are Irene (Red Velvet)’s parents?

She did not reveal the names of her father and mother.

Is Irene (Red Velvet) married?

She is not married. Furthermore, there is no information on whether she is in a relationship or not.

Who is Irene (Red Velvet)’s ex-boyfriend?

None of her ex-boyfriend is known to the public, except for her alleged non-celebrity high school boyfriend. Furthermore, she used to be rumored to date Park Bo Gum, V (BTS), and Suho (EXO).

How rich is Irene (Red Velvet)?

Her net worth is around $4 million to $6 million.

What is Irene (Red Velvet) nationality?

Her nationality is South Korean.

Irene is not just beautiful and kind hearted. She has tons of talents to be admired for, such as rapping, dancing, and singing. Keep inspiring, Irene!