Seo In Guk is currently one of South Korea’s most popular stars, as he has made a name for himself as both an actor and singer.
However, his journey getting to this point wasn’t an easy one. Seo In Guk once shared his journey on an episode of Strong Heart. At the time, Seo In Guk was popular due to being the winner of Superstar K. After winning Superstar K, Seo In Guk was awarded ₩100 Million KRW (82,707 USD)
Seo In Guk jokingly reveals that he didn’t receive all the money, as some of it was lost due to tax deductions.
When asked what he did with the money, Seo In Guk gave a heartwarming answer. He decided to use all of the money on his parents, as they’ve struggled with money all their lives.
With the money, Seo In Guk decided to open up a restaurant so that his family would be able to live more comfortably.
Seo In Guk also revealed a little bit about his journey before Superstar K. When Seo In Guk first began singing, he had auditioned for JYP Entertainment.
Unfortunately, Seo In Guk was eliminated from the audition due to his large body size.
The JYP Entertainment staff saw some potential in him, so they asked Seo In Guk to return for another audition after he lost some weight. After hearing this, Seo In Guk decided to starve himself to lose weight.
However, there was one food that he couldn’t resist during this time.
Seo In Guk feels that he got his love for roast chicken from his mother, as she ate some during the time she was pregnant with him.
It’s then revealed that Seo In Guk’s family grew up in poverty. His parents would even use the leftover bones from roast chickens to make soup.
Seo In Guk thinks this is the reason why he can’t resist roast chicken. However, Seo In Guk felt extremely bad whenever he ate food during his starving period. He was so ashamed of himself that he would force himself to throw up.
This eventually became a habit for him, and he was throwing up constantly. It even got to the point where his vocal cords got damaged.
Due to the damage to his vocal cords, Seo In Guk failed his second JYP Entertainment audition.
After this, Seo In Guk made it his goal to become a successful singer. When Seo In Guk won Superstar K, he felt that he had finally made his dreams a reality.
Here’s the full video below!