The fourth generation of K-pop superstars typically consists of performers who made their debut at a younger age. In most cases, they begin their professional lives in their teens or early 20s. In the KPop industry, making a debut at a younger and younger age is no longer considered groundbreaking.
Nevertheless, what about those people who made their debut as K-pop idols when they were 25 or older? Even though many people think their best years as performers are over, these nine idols showed that age is not a problem when it comes to reaching your goals.
1. Park Bom ex 2NE1
Park Bom is a K-pop idol who was born in 1984, more specifically on March 24. She is 25 years old and has just recently made her debut as a K-pop idol with the group 2NE1.
YG Entertainment is responsible for producing a number of iconic girl groups, including 2NE1. The year 2009 was not only the year that 2NE1 made their debut, but it also saw the birth of the group’s first work featuring Park Bom, Sandara Park, CL, and Minzy.
2. Cao Lu ex FIESTAR
Cao Lu is undoubtedly one of the most well-known celebrities in China. After building a successful career in Bamboo Curtain Country, Cao Lu decided to give the K-Pop group FIESTAR a shot and give his luck another shot by joining the band.
At the age of 25, Cao Lu made her first appearance on August 31, 2012 as a K-pop idol with the group FIESTAR. It was just one day after his birthday, on August 30, that the debut date was set.
3. Miya GWSN
Haruka Miyauchi was born on May 25, 1993. Haruka Miyauchi, better known by her stage name Miya, made her debut as a K-pop idol when she joined the girl group GWSN.
The actual launch of GWSN took place on September 5th, 2018. Miya had already reached the age of 25 when GWSN made its debut. Even though she was very old, she was still able to reach her goals in the land of ginseng.
4. Suri ex CHECKMATE
Suri, also known as Kang Su Ri, is a Korean pop idol who made her debut when she was 25 years old. At that time, he became a member of the band CHECKMATE, which made their debut on September 21st, 2020.
CHEKCMATE is a mixed group (sometimes known as a co-ed group) that performs in the Kpop genre. This band is not only led by an individual of a single gender, but it also consists of two men and two women as members.
5. Nason ex CHECKMATE
In addition, Nason was a member of Checkmate, which made their debut when they were 25 years old. Unfortunately, Nason’s time spent working at Checkmate was cut short much too soon. because they were removed from Nason’s profile in November 2020 across many CHECKMATE social media platforms as well as the organization’s official website.
Because of this deletion, it was determined that Nason had departed both the organisation and the agency he worked for. Nobody can say with absolute certainty why this idol made the decision to take this move. as a result of the fact that the agency does not explain or make the reasons known to the public.
6. Yoon Jisung ex Wanna One
Who here is unfamiliar with Yoon Jisung and Wanna One? In the past, he enjoyed a great deal of success along with his band. As a matter of fact, Wanna One is still considered to be one of the most renowned K-pop groups up to this day because of the popularity and success it enjoyed in the past.
Yoon Jisung was groomed to take the reins as the leader of Wanna One. He also made his debut as a K-pop star after taking part in the second season of Produce 101 when he was 26 years old. Yoon Jisung made his solo debut with LM Entertainment when he was 28 years old. This was after his promotional contract with Wanna One ended.
7. Kahi ex After School
Kahi has already made her debut twice as a member of a girl group. First, in 2007, when she was 26 years old, she made her debut with the group S.BLUSH.
After the breakup of S.BLUSH, Kahi continued her career as a K-pop idol with the group After School. When it made its debut in 2009, Kahi, then 28 years old, was chosen to take the reins as head of the Pledis Entertainment girl group.
8. Joon Park ex g.o.d
g.o.d is a group from the first generation of K-pop, and they were extremely popular during their heyday. This success is similar to paying off a debt for one of the group’s members, Joon Park or Park Joon Hyung.
1999 marked the beginning of Joon Park’s career with g.o.d. When he first began his career, he was 29 years old. This was the year of his debut. But all of his hard work paid off, and because of that, his name is still well-known today.
9. Jae Woong ex TROY
On this list, Jae Woong is the K-pop idol that had the most advanced age when they made their debut. How could it not be, considering that the former members of TROY have just made their debut at the age of 32?
Jae Woong, also known as Lee Jae Woong, is a member of the band TROY. He was born in 1981. It wasn’t until 2014 that he made his debut with the boy group that was signed to Brand New Music Entertainment. Since 2017, TROY has been officially dissolved as a band.
You will need to put in a lot of effort and work to make your debut as a K-pop star. In point of fact, even at a more advanced age, these aspiring idol stars are going to have to endure a lengthy training period in order for them to be able to accomplish their aspirations. These nine K-pop stars show that there is no upper age limit for becoming successful as a K-pop idol and making your debut in the business.