K-pop sensations Exo jolted into the public consciousness in 2012 with debut EP “Mama” – propelled by the title track’s hit music video – before going on to make history with million-selling follow up “XOXO” a year later, South Korea’s bestselling album in 12 years.

Baekhyun’s role in the nine-piece group is considered pivotal by many fans, as he is known for his vocal talent as well as his soft, puppy-like looks. In celebration of Baekhyun’s 28th birthday on May 6, here are five things you probably didn’t know about the lovable singer – who is also a member of supergroup SuperM.

He only trained for four months before jumping in the deep end

K-pop trainees are known to be given basic singing and dancing lessons for years before being picked to join any group, or team. Baekhyun however, only trained for a mere four months before the planning executives thrust him into Exo to prepare for his debut, no doubt a testament to his skills, potential and professionalism.

Streetwear label Privé Alliance’s brand director Danyl Geneciran reached out to SM Entertainment as he was looking for an artist who was willing to commit to a collaboration, and not just act as a token, hype-building face. The company then suggested Baekhyun who has since been working as the brand’s co-creative director and launching his own Privé by BBH.

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