EXO is a South Korean-Chinese boy band produced by S.M. Entertainment that debuted in 2012. EXO comprises twelve members who are separated into two subgroups. EXO-K and EXO-M. The former releases music in South Korea, while the latter promotes music in mainland China. EXO’s name was taken from EXOPLANET, a term referring to planets outside of the Solar System.
Kris Wu Yifan (Chinese: 吴亦凡; Mandarin Pinyin: Wú Yìfán; Jyutping: Ng4 Jik6 Faan4), mononymously credited as Kris (Korean: 크리스), is the leader of Exo-M and performs as the group’s rapper. Born as Kevin Li Jiaheng (Chinese: 李嘉恒; Mandarin Pinyin: Lǐ Jiāhéng; Jyutping: Lei5 Gaa1 Hang4) on November 6, 1990 (age 23) in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, Wu also holds Canadian citizenship. Wu attended middle school in Guangzhou, high school in Vancouver, Canada and was the captain of the basketball teams for both schools. He would have pursued a professional career in basketball.
In 2007, at age 16, Wu auditioned for S.M. Entertainment’s Canadian S.M. Global Auditions, which was held in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 14, 2007. He was attending Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School at the time of the casting. After passing the auditions, he moved to South Korea the following year and became an S.M. trainee. Prior to joining EXO, he made an appearance in an intermission video for the Girls’ Generation Tour in 2011.
Wu was introduced as the eleventh member of Exo on February 17, 2012. He speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and Korean.
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