Choi Jong-hoon born March 7, 1990, age 29 year old is a retired South Korean musician and actor. He served as the leader, guitarist, and keyboardist of rock band F.T. Island from its debut in 2007 until his retirement from the entertainment industry in 2019.
Early life and Education
Choi Jong-hoon was born in Seoul, South Korea on March 7, 1990, according to the solar calendar, and February 6 according to the lunar calendar. He attended the Shindongshin Middle Information Industry High School. During his high school years, he was accepted into the FNC Music talent agency, which later formed the band F.T. Island with Jong-hoon as its leader and guitarist.
In January 2009, members Choi Jong-hoon, Choi Minhwan, and Lee Jaejin were put into the sub group “A3”. This group debuted at the 2009 New Year concert “My First Dream” held at the JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan on January 2, 2009. Choi performed as the guitarist and a sub-vocalist. The group’s name was “A3” due to each of the three members having type A blood. This group was formed to help take up some singing time during their concerts, so that lead singer, Lee Hong-gi, would not overstrain his voice.
Television and acting
Choi began making cameos and guest appearances on many television series starting in 2008. Together with Song Seung-hyun, he starred in Style Wave in December 2009 and January 2010. In this show, stars discuss major style trends and dress a shopper according to a chosen style theme.
With fellow band member Song Seung-hyun, Choi modeled at the 2009 Autumn Seoul Fashion Week on October 17, 2009 for Lee Ju Young, the designer of the “Resurrection” collection. On June 29, 2009, he was featured with Core Contents Media’s soloist Hong Jin Young as one of the main characters in her music video “Love Battery”. In August he participated in episode 19 of MNet Scandal.
Scandal and retirement
In March 2019, Choi was revealed to be a member of an online group chat that shared sexually explicit videos of women filmed without their knowledge or consent, together with celebrities Seungri and Jung Joon-young. He was also reported to have bribed the police in order to prevent newspapers from covering a drunk driving incident he was involved in 2016. Subsequently, his agency announced that he will be leaving F.T. Island and retiring from the entertainment industry.
K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon sentenced for rape https://t.co/mjmO77c1y3
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 29, 2019