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IU - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

IU has great interest in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry since early age. As a kid, she used to take acting classes.

She then began to take interest in singing after being praised for her performance in middle school.

This aspiring singer went to 20 auditions in order to pursue her dream. Unfortunately, she failed on all of them. She eventually joined LOEN Entertainment in 2007.

IU trained under the agency for around ten months. At first, she was planned to debut as part of a girl group. In the end, she started out as a solo artist.

The then 15 years old made her debut in 2008. She released a single titled Lost Child. The song is part of her first EP Lost and Found. Unfortunately, her debut wasn’t a successful one.

Despite the initial setback, IU decided to move forward with her next releases. Her follow-up albums Growing Up (2009) and IU…IM (2009) got her some mainstream success.

She would then find even bigger success on Last Fantasy (2011), Palette (2017), and Love Poem (2019).

Other than being a successful singer, the woman from Seoul also has an amazing career as an actress. She made her debut in 2011 with the TV series Dream High.

IU would then star in many hit series such as The Producers (2015), Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), and Hotel del Luna (2019).

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  • Real Name: Lee Ji Eun (이지은)
  • Stage Name: IU (아이유)
  • Nickname: Nation’s Little Sister, Nation’s Sweetheart
  • Birthday: May 16, 1993
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea.
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Actress
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: –
  • Facebook: 아이유(IU) Official
  • Twitter: @lily199iu (Personal account), @_IUofficial (Official account)
  • Instagram: @dlwlrma
  • Tiktok: –
  • Youtube: 이지금 [IU Official]
  • vLive: IU_Official
  • Fan Cafe: IU_Official

Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance

  • Height: 162 cm (5 ft 3¾ in)
  • Weight: 47 kg (103 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Body Measurements: 29-22-29 (Bust-29, Waist-22, and Hips-29 in inches)
  • Shoe Size: 5 (US)


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

Boyfriend & Dating History

Wooyoung 2PM

IU and Wooyoung were rumored to be in a special relationship because of the good chemistry shown by the two of them in the drama Dream High. In the drama that aired in 2011, IU and Wooyoung played the characters as a couple who were in love.

Lee Hyun Woo

IU and Lee Hyun Woo were rumored to be dating after Dispatch released photos of the two of them in 2013.

At that time, they were caught going to a movie together at a cinema. The agency later clarified that IU and Lee Hyun Woo were not dating.

Jang Kiha

Before, the two of them met each other on Jang Kiha’s SBS Power FM radio broadcast in 2013. and had started dating not long after.

Two years later in 2015, their relationship had come out into the open, where both parties admitted to the relationship.

In 2017, after dating for four years, IU and Jang Kiha officially ended their relationship.

Lee Joon Gi

in 2016, IU was rumored to be dating Lee Joon Gi, her co-star in the drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.

Lee Joon Gi was mentioned as the third person between IU and Jang Kiha.

Eunhyuk Super Junior

Rumors of a relationship between IU and Eunhyuk appeared in November 2020. However, IU and Eunhyuk denied that there was a romantic relationship between the two.

Lee Jong Suk

On December 31, 2022, Lee Jong Suk’s agency & IU’s agency released a statement that Lee Jong Suk and IU were dating.

Dispatch reported that Lee Jong Suk and IU had been dating for approximately four months. They spent Christmas together in Nagoya, Japan, and enjoyed three-day vacation together at a luxury resort


  • While growing up, IU and her family had some financial problems.
  • She lived in great poverty for over a year.
  • She used to stay with her grandmother while her parent worked.
  • After signing with LOEN Entertainment, this artist spent lots of time in the studio.
  • She loved being in the studio because she had place to sleep and could eat as much as she wanted.
  • She got her stage name IU from the agency.
  • Her stage name is taken from the phrase I and You, meaning the connection of music between people.
  • She is really nice and appreciative of her fans.
  • She idolizes GFriend.
  • IU becomes friends with Suzy and T-ara member Jiyeon, and Apink’s Eunji.
  • She lives in the same apartment complex with Yoo In Na. They are also best friends.
  • She has also admitted thaf Yoo In Na is her muse. They even have special nickname IU In Na.
  • The song Peach is inspired by Sully of f(x).
  • She has had some dating rumors such as with Eunhyuk of Super Junior in 2012 and Lee Hyun Woo in 2013.
  • She is the honorary ambassador of EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea.
  • This singer likes listening to music, read books, and also surfing the internet.
  • She has admitted to wanting a surgery on her nose but the doctors are against it.
  • She is a fan of Kim Tae Woo.
  • This actress prefers being alone than being in crowded place as it makes her dizzy.
  • Before being famous, she struggled with an eating disorder called Bulimia.
  • She has plenty of older male fans.
  • IU can play the guitar, recorder, piano, and also drums.
  • She picks purple as favorite color.
  • She loves eating sweet potato, raw fish, and also raw liver.
  • Number 8 is her favorite number.
  • She likes the cool weather.
  • She thought her blood type is A, but it’s actually O.
  • Her song Dear Name is the hardest one to sing, according to her.
  • She was in a reality show called Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast.
  • She dated Chang Kiha from 2013 until 2017.
  • This solo artist doesn’t really have an ideal type as they keep changing. In the past she has said that Taeyang of BigBang is her ideal type.

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Pics of IU

1. IU is looking simple and elegant

IU - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

2. Her soft look is everything

IU - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

3. She is rocking this style

IU - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

4. Love her in more outrageous outfits as well

Korean Singer - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

5. IU makes a great model

Korean Singer - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

IU is such as treasure in the entertainment industry. She has been an amazing solo artist and actress as well.