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Stage NameIrene
Full NameBae Ju Hyun
Country of BirthKorea
Date of BirthMar 29, 1991
Age32 years old
Height1.60 m (5'3")
Weight43 kg (96 lbs)
Blood TypeA

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Bae Joo Hyun (배주현; born Mar 29, 1991), better known as Irene, is a South Korean actress, rapper, dancer, and the leader of the Kpop group Red Velvet and the sub-unit Irene & Seulgi under SM Entertainment. Irene made her debut with Red Velvet on Aug 1, 2014.

Stage NameIrene
Full NameBae Joo Hyun
Country of BirthSouth Korea
BirthdayMar 29, 1991
Height160 cm (5'3'')
Weight43 kg (96 lbs)


Irene joined SM Entertainment in 2009 when she was in her third of high school. Four years later, in 2013, she was introduced as a member of SM Rookies. She trained for a total of five years before making her official debut as the leader of Red Velvet on Aug 1, 2014.

Irene and Seulgi formed Red Velvet's first sub-unit named after their names. They debuted as a duo on Jul 6, 2020.

Irene has been the face and model of a multitude of brands, including Miu Miu, Damiani, LEMONA Vitamin C, Eider, Hyundai, and many others.

She is often ranked among the top most popular female Kpop idols.

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • Age trivia: Irene made her debut with Red Velvet on Aug 1, 2014 at the age of 23.
  • She is the oldest member of Red Velvet (born Mar 29, 1991). There is an age gap of 8 years between Irene and Yeri (youngest member).
  • She is the main rapper of Red Velvet.
  • Her hobbies including doing laundry and ironing.
  • Her favorite scent is Downy (fabric softener).
  • Her stage name Irene comes from Eirene, the Greek goddess of Peace. The name was given to her by her trainer.
  • Her role model is BoA.
  • She can imitate Doraemon's voice.
  • She dislikes chicken, oysters, coffee, beer, and alcohol.
  • She has height phobia.
  • She likes eating tteobokki, Korean food, mangosteen, and durian.


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