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All About BTS V (Kim Taehyung): Facts, Childhood, Family, Fashion and More

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Do you want to know The Definitive Profile of BTS V (Kim Taehyung): Facts, Childhood, Family, Fashion, Acting, Future, Dog, Solo Music, Car, Photography, Vante, Favourite Food, Real Name, Girlfriend, Height, Age, Weight, Blod Type, Zodiac Sign, Chinese Sign, Eye Color, Ear Piercing, Net Worth (annual income) and more.

Welcome to our regularly updated (Last Update: 14 September 2020) profile page for V. You can find his real name, birth place and date, family background, siblings, age, zodiac sign, height, weight, net worth, Spotify playlist, how he joined BTS, his position in the group, vocal skills, dance skills, solo music activities, personality traits and emotional aspects, fashion style, acting career, his impact and influence, iconic moments, his interest in photography, his super-cute dog Yeontan, his car and all the remaining details of his life.

Real Name: Kim Taehyung
Stage Name: V
Date of Birth: 30 December 1995
Age at Debut: 17
Position in the Group: Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual
Status in the Group: Maknae (Second youngest member after Jungkook)
Chinese Sign: Pig
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Favorite Color: Grey (according to J-14 Magazine interview in May 2015)
Height: 1.79
Weight: 63 kg
Blood Type: AB
Net Worth: $12 Million in cash (according to International Business Times) plus $8 million in Big Hit Ent. Shares (as of September 2020)
Spotify list: V’s Join Me
Foreign Languages: Fluent in Japan, Intermediate in English
Favorite Number: 10

BTS V‘s Childhood and Family Background

V was born as Kim Taehyung on December 30, 1995 in Daegu in South Korea. The premonitory dream informing about his birth was as follows: His father made a bet on a snooker game against a dragon and he won the bet. The dragon gave a pearl to his father and Taehyung came out of this pearl as it opened up.

Taehyung grew up in Geochang County in South Gyeongsangi, which is considered as countryside and has a different dialect than dialect of Seoul. The names of parents of V are not disclosed, we know that they are alive, and their occupation was farming when V came to world. He is the eldest of three children. Kim Taehyung has two younger siblings, one boy and one girl, whose names are Kim Eonjin and Kim Jeonggyu. Due to the intensive and highly scheduled lifestyle of being a trainee and then an idol, he could not spend much time with his family. He felt a deep pang of sorrow for becoming distanced from his family. Accordingly, (at MCD Backstage) he purported that if he would have got day off, he wanted to see his parents. Moreover, at another occasion, V suggested the 3 requirements for his happiness to be the family, health and honor.

Kim Taehyung‘s grandmother was a pivotal figure in his childhood and adolescence until he was 14 years old. While being supportive, V‘s parents could not spare much time for him due to their busy schedules required by farming activities from morning till night. His grandmother was there to fill in. When Taehyung lost his grandmother, and shortly afterwards grandfather, he seemed to fall into a state of deep sorrow and became quieter and more composed.

V expressed that he first aspired to be a singer by the time of his 5th or 6th year in the Chagnam Elementary School. However, he conceived that his dream is becoming a professional singer coincides with the time he began taking saxophone lessons in his early secondary school period. Afterwards, he also enrolled into a dancing school. V revealed when he attended The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that his passion for music went back to days when he was learning to play saxophone since his dad said that a singer should play at least one instrument. Taehyung further emphasized that if he had not have joined BTS, he might have chosen a professional career as a saxophone player. He also mentioned that if music did not have a place in his life, he would have been a farmer as his parents.

V‘s parents’ most important career input for him was, beyond doubt, to permit for his audition to be a K-pop idol. On the day V‘s mother sent V to the trainee dorm, despite they were poor, she bought him a very expensive jacket. Other boys thought that he was a rich kid. The truth was that his mother didn’t want the rich city boys to make fun of her son. In fact, the other boys were also coming from families which were nowhere wealthy, too. Indeed, his bandmates thought that day V was a rich guy who might make fun of them 🙂

Tae’s role model is his dad. He wants to be a dad like his dad, someone one who takes care if his children, listen to everything they say, encourage and advise for their future plans.

As another detail, V and Jimin used to be classmates in Korean Arts High School, from where he graduated in 2014.

V and BTS

Kim Taehyung initially went to the Big Hit Entertainment audition to support a friend. At that incident, he was walking and looking around Big Hit’s Academy building, where one of the personnel from Rookie Development Group of the company noticed his eye-popping visuals and asked him if he would consider an audition. He called his parents, got their permission, and was auditioned. He aced the audition and you know the rest.

V‘s nicknames are TaeTae (friends call him like this because it’s easy to say) and BlankTae, because he has blank expression most of the time. Before he received his stage name, he had the choice of picking either Six, Lex, or V, and he chose V, because it stands for victory.

Taehyung was the last member revealed in the group, when the debut teaser pics were released for eac of them. Before that, the group was known as a 6 members group. As an interesting detail, he almost debuted as a rapper in BTS rather than a vocalist.

In the group, he is the closest with Jin and Jungkook. In the old dorm, he used to share a room with RM (by then his stage name was Rap Monster). In the new dorm he had his own room. In the dorm V was in charge of the washing machine.

V first took stage together with BTS in Mnet’s M-Countdown program on June 13, 2013, where they performed the song “No More Dream” from their cool debut album “2 Cool 4 School“.

In the video below you can enjoy his development as a BTS idol year by year:

His BT21 character is a red anthropomorphic heart named Tata who wears a blue onesie with yellow polka-dots.

BTS V is among the most popular idols of Kpop

In 2018, Eugene Investment & Securities Co. conducted analytical research on Google search trends relating to the K-pop industry. “V” ranked first on the chart, meaning it was the number one most searched keyword for the past five years in South Korea. According to Gallup Korea, he occupies the 4th spot in most preferred idol rankings as of 2019.

V won the “The Best Handsome Face (2017)” and “The Best Handsome Man in the World (2018)” titles. V is announced as the “Most Handsome Man of 2020 in the World” by YouTube channel Top 10 World, which has over 300,000 subscribers. Taehyung captured the number 1 spot in the Top 10 Most Handsome K-pop male phase 2020-2021 according to TopGomiz. On top of that, V has held the top spot of “Ultimate Asian Heartthrob of 2020” list of Starmometer. Netizens are voting for V for three consecutive years from 2018 to 2020 in this list.

Several idols from other Kpop groups regard V as their role model. Among them we can highlight Younghoon ve Hwall from The Boyz, Jaehyun ve Jangjun from Golden Child, and Hanyu from Boy Story.

V became the first and only artist in the world to surpass 10 billion views on Tiktok with two hashtags (#V and #Taehyung). His iconic line “I’m Good Boy” has suddenly become a viral challenge on TikTok.

BTS V has a distinctively deep and rich vocal tone

V is a baritone, but he can also sing in falsetto! His voice is most distinguishable from other members for its deep, husky vocal range. Karen Ruffini of Elite Daily stated in their article that “V has no problem producing super soothing, low tones that are a key element in the overall sound for BTS.” He can also reach notes higher than what he’s supposed to be; for instance, he can pull off C6 and D6 which is higher than a tenor. Tamar Herman from Billboard said that “with a wide range and a deep tone, V’s expressive vocals are a mainstay to BTS‘ sound.

He is known for his love of classical and jazz music as well as trot (old Korean popular music known for its use of repetitive rhythm and vocal inflections). American musicians Ruben Studdard and Eric Benet are both artists who inspired V. His favorite songs include “Hello in There” by Joan Baez, “Blue Room” by Chet Baker and “Every Kind of Way” by H.E.R. “Rain” from Lee Juck is also an important song for him because he associates that song with a painful memory. The first ever album that V bought was a Girls’ Generation album. We can discern the impact of these artists in his vocals and in music he composes. But his distinctive feature is his special touch that differentiates him from every other artist. He also likes searching for good songs that not many people know about.

V‘s visuals left you mesmerized

V‘s visuals are distinctive, and they are out-of-this-world level beautiful. He said his fans were calling him “CGV (Computer Graphics V)” because in their eyes, he has facial features so perfect that they look like they were made with computer graphics.

His eyes are also made of pure beauty. By the way, he has one single eyelid and one double eyelid.

On top of his beautiful visuals, he has the absolute best natural aegyo (Korean word for behaving in a cute, flirtatious and coquettish manner), which carries his stage presence to the next level.

Kim Taehyung is the third tallest member of BTS among RM and Jin. He is not focused to make muscles, but he has six-pack abs and muscular, long legs, which became iconic in his self-shot Karaoke video (see the video below). He says “I work out as well, but just when I reach to the needed fitness level for out comebacks, I just quit training“.

V says his hands, especially his beautiful, long fingers are his favorite body part. We couldn’t agree more! Kim Taehyung loves to give signature in V pose with his victorious fingers.

He revealed in a Weverse reply that he has a chronic medical condition called cholinergic urticaria, whereby the afflicted person gets too warm, their skin breaks out in hives. V’s skin care treatment on the plane includes soaking cotton pads with toner and putting on twice as much lotion. Tae also has a video for facial skincare tips, which is infamously titled as “Go to Bed with Taehyung” – you can watch it below:

He has a total of 5 ear piercings. (2 on the right, and 3 on the left). Finally, he has three moles in his face- one under his right eye, one under the nose, and one in his lower lip. They are just cute.

BTS V’s fashion style manages to be versatile and harmonized at the same time!

What is also notable about V is that his style is both versatile and harmonized at the same time.

His style is versatile in the sense that he can go both ends of the spectrum of modern and classic looks. He prefers colorful, bold patterned shirts and polos inside pants, which are generally dark monocolor, but he can match printed top with a printed bottom. At one instance you see him in basic causal clothes colored in earth-tones (aka Skywalker from Star Wars), other day you are bedazzled when you see him in a stage costume in which he glitters like a prince or a ballet. He also uses red color often, which is something not many can pull off. He also likes to wear striped tops. Taehyung tops off his looks with bandanas, sport-bands, and berets which add a touch of playfulness to his outfits. We can easily assert that V is the ultimate bandana guy, he just looks fantastic with a one! 🙂

V likes the Italian luxury brand Gucci, and he is frequently spotted wearing the brand. You can often spot the iconic tiger figure of Gucci on him. His phone case, sweater, watch, choker, sunglasses, bag, and almost everything 🙂 was bought from that line. Because he likes it so much and he is constantly seen wearing their products, many fans have started to think of him as a Gucci ambassador. Note that although V often prefers Gucci, he is not a Gucci Ambassador or a Gucci Model, for the reason that Big Hit Entertainment artists are not allowed to be sponsored by any brand. This is a clever strategy, since it gives them the flexibility to wear what they want, when they want. Even if Big Hit considers a sponsorship, it must be for all of the seven members at once.

In January 2020 at Grammy Music Awards, V impressed the audience with an understated black turtleneck, signature wide pants, and a long black coat. The subtle elegance of the look combined with Kim Taehyung‘s outstanding visuals made fans just go crazy. His earned the moniker “Guy in All Black” at that fantastic night.

BTS V has a very special personality

V is one of the K-pop idols with a so-called 4D personality, which means he has a weird or eccentric personality and tends to think outside of the box. He is totally a creative guy. In Korea, having a 4D personality is more of a compliment. That is probably the one of the reasons why fans are so deeply obsessed with him. Whenever you see V on the screen, it’s bound to be entertaining. As a detail, he doesn’t like to be called 4D.

Taehyung is very friendly, caring and cheerful. He has a kind heart and really loves children. He’s a good person to talk about problems, he’ll always listen without judging. He likes to hang out with people he knows, and we can often see him spending times with his fellows and other people, rather than staying alone. His bandmates say he has the most outgoing and noisy personality in the group.

On the other hand, lately, he seemed to have suddenly changed from that bubbly person to someone who talks if needed or quiet most of the time. He became someone who doesn’t easily show emotions in front of so many people. Someone who is collected and can easily pull off the blank face. The fact that he doesn’t smile, doesn’t mean he is depressed. Nobody has to smile all the time. He is at times can be a moody person, which most probably feeds into his genius in creating great pieces of art in his own music production and in his photography.

Many people also call V as “alien” since V has many “out-of-this-world” actions like talking to himself. It is admirable when he can freely express himself in such unique way. Once Jimin caught him talking to himself while doing his laundry. When he unintentionally cut his hair during shooting of music video for the song “Danger“, he poured out his grief to a dog on the street. If he had a superpower, he expressed that it would be to talk to cars. He loves bright weather, but his favorite season is Fall.

He is carefree just like kids because he does whatever he wants without being afraid of what people may talk about him. In essence, Taehyung can act weird at times, but he does this in such a confident and nonchalant way that you can’t help but impress and become enchanted by him!

He likes the painting ‘Starry Night‘ by Van Gogh. He has a picture of it hanging in his dorm room as well a phone case of it. We can easily say that his artistic style resonates the style of art by his favorite artist: mesmerizing, unique, punctuated, enigmatic and blurry!

BTS V coined the iconic phrase: “I Purple You

V came up with the famous phrase “보라해” (Borahae), which means “I purple you” (Bora means purple/violet and saranghae means I love you, combination is Borahae, which means purple+action = purple you). This phrase, as well as the color purple itself, has become a trademark for BTS and ARMY. This phrase is BTS‘ way of showing their love and trust for ARMY. Purple is seen as a color that indicates long-lasting trust, love, and affection. V elaborates on the meaning of the phrase as such: “Purple is the last color of the rainbow colors, so it means I will trust and love you until the end; until the last breath of mine”.

Big Hit Entertainment sponsored “#ENDviolance” campaign of UNICEF in November 2017, where UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore extended her sincere thanks to BTS and the BTS ARMY for their effort to raise over $1 million (later this increased to $ 2 million) for their work to end violence against children and young people. She said: “From your music to your messages to your donations, you’ve shown the power of kindness. We here at UNICEF purple you!

BTS V has played a role in a major K-drama!

V appeared in the Korean television historical drama Hwarang, which began airing in December 2016 and finished in February 2017. He played the role of Hansung, who is an adorable, cute and innocent character in the series. Taehyung was the youngest actor of the cast. If you haven’t watched yet, we urge you to watch it as the series has an interesting plot and a great cast including the highly acclaimed actor Park Seo-joon. The IMDB score of the series is 7.9, which can be regarded as a decent score.

V has adorable plans for future: retirement, love, and family affairs

Regarding to his retirement, V thinks he will continue his career until 40 such as singing and acting without a problem.

He declared that he had not been in a serious relationship yet and his hope is to marry his first love. He wants to devote the rest of his life to my future wife. So romantic! Moreover, he wants three children.

His ideal type is someone who takes care of him and does a lot of aegyo. He wants someone who is charming and wears chic clothing and wide pants. He likes long-haired women who are chic on the outside but have warm hearts. V’s ideal woman is thoughtful, cares for him a lot and uses money wisely. Last point is highly important for V as in his answer to the profile questionnaire prepared by The Star in 2015, about his ideal girl type, he wrote: “A girl that knows how to save money when I make money, someone to stop me if I spend too much money, a girl that says to buy a house before a car, and someone that is willing to give everything to their parents“.

He has not talked about the visual aspects he expects from a girl. However, he picked Lily Collins and Rachel McAdams as his Hollywood crushes. So, you can extrapolate from their characteristics 🙂

He said he had a dream of wearing a brown beret and coat, feeding pigeons at a park in fall. Another time, he said his ideal date includes going to an amusement park or a nearby nature park. Yet in another occasion he expressed he wanted to take his child to the zoo and give snacks to the pigeons. We understand that he really, deeply loves parks and pigeons.

During the FEST 2020 celebrations, V confessed he hopes his children are best friends with the children of his fellow BTS members. During the 7th anniversary celebrations, Taehyung confessed in 20 years down the line, he hopes the members are together and they bring their sons and daughters together and they could enjoy a meal together.

V has done great solo music acts as well as notable collaborations

In December 2014, V covered “Someone Like You” of Adele. He sang this song so soulfully with his deep voice bringing added layers of emotion. The clip is shot while V walking through a narrow street alley; while it looks so unsophisticated, it has an almost iconic sentimental ambiance.

V released a cover of “Hug Me” of Joonil Jung with his BTS bandmate J-Hope in May 2015. The song starts with soothing, delicate vocals of V and suddenly J-Hope enters with his fast, textured rap. Such an addictive combination…

V had his first solo song “Stigma” within the 2016 album “Wings”, which hit 10th rank on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart.

Together with his bandmate Jin, V sang “It’s Definitely You” for the original soundtrack of TV series “Hwarang” that he also acted.

In June 2017, V released “4 O’Clock“, which was a song he co-produced with fellow BTS member RM, to celebrate BTS’ fourth anniversary.

V‘s second solo song, “Singularity” was released in May 2018 as the trailer for BTS’ then upcoming third LP, “Love Yourself: Tear”. It became viral in United States (in a reaction to the mesmerizing visual of V) after two years of its debut when some random Twitter user posted it in her tweet.

V released his first full solo track outside of BTS, “Scenery” on January 2019 through BTS’ SoundCloud page. It broke SoundCloud records for reaching 100 million streams from 20 million in over fourteen days, the shortest time for the platform.

On June 14, 2019, V, together with fellow BTS member J-Hope, collaborated with Swedish singer Zara Larsson on a song called “A Brand-New Day” for the soundtrack of their mobile game BTS World.

He produced and released the solo song “Winter Bear” in August 2019, a masterpiece written and performed entirely in English. V released this song on 1000th day after he coined the phrase “I purple you“. He also shot the video himself. Indeed, Taehyung is inspired by the movie “About time“. During BTS’s tour, he stayed at the hotel alone and watched it. Jimin said during the tour, despite the busy schedule, instead of taking a rest, Taehyung went out everyday to record every short video, he really made a lot of efford to show us this freaking masterpiece . Taehyung also said when he was in London, he wanted to go out at 4 a.m to record the best scene sunrise. Other interesting details are that Taehyung was born in winter and his parents used to call him baby bear.

V had his solo song “Inner Child” in “Map of the Soul:7” album released in February 2020. Lyrics of this song goes straight to the heart as it is about how our inner child changed and matured. Chorus of the song is also a whirlwind of emotions.

On March 2020, V composed, produced and sang “Sweet Night” for the original soundtrack album of the highly acclaimed TV series “Itaewon Class“. The song fits the series so well and musically it is a masterpiece which fully divulges the musical depth and brilliance of Taehyung. It also became a record-breaking song. Six years later from his cover of Adele‘s song, V has become the only artist to have a song at number one on iTunes in 117 different countries with the song “Sweet Night“, breaking Adele‘s record with her song “Hello“.

V is preparation of his first ever mixtape titled KTH1, which is expected to be released before the end of 2020.

BTSS V‘s dog Yeontan is a celebrity, too

Tae‘s super cute dog Kim Yeontan made top 10 in Most Popular Dogs List of internet site “Famous Birtdays“. Yeontan is the first dog who is owned by a singer!

bts v dog

V also has other pets. They involve two dogs named Soonshim and Ssyongssyong and a grey cat named Kkanji. Soonshim and Ssyongssyong currently live with V‘s parents.

BTS V is also a photography artist; in fact, a very good one

He used to post pictures with his signature name Vante, a combination of V his stage name and Ante from his favorite photographer Ante Badzim, who is a Sydney-based minimalist photographer.

V‘s professional photography skills were highlighted by Vogue Korea in September 2019. Cosmopolitan Korea magazine has chosen V as the Best Idol Photographer in August 2020.

Here are the remaining details regarding BTS V

Taehyung‘s car is Hyundai Genesis GV80, which is an elegant SUV that he bought in June 2020.

His favorite items are his phone, computer, clothes, shoes, accessories, and anything unique. He has a habit of collecting ties. V likes going to art galleries. Playing basketball and bicycling are his favorite sports activities.

He likes to search for obscure good songs in his free time. V also especially likes reading comics and watching animated films. He finished every episode of the Japanese manga “One Piece”. He likes almost all of the cartoons on Toonieverse and he watched most of them.

He can only drink one glass of beer before he gets drunk. He doesn’t like coffee but loves hot cocoa. He is the pickiest eater out of all of the members. V doesn’t like vegetables. V’s favorite foods include japchae (Korean dish made from potato noodles) and any type of meet.

V (Kim Tae Hyung) is originally left-handed, but he can write with his right hand too. His cute habits include biting his nails, clenching his teeth while he sleeps, leaving his mouth open, and saying “apa!” (it hurts) and “eomma” (mommy).

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