Wanna One’s Kang Daniel shared his difficult situation as a trainee and clarified rumors concerning his nationality and schooling.
During the show, Kang Daniel revealed, “I entered my first agency at the age of 20, but it wasn’t in a good situation. The agency rented a house, and there was a practice room in the basement. There were no dancing lessons. Because the agency wasn’t in good circumstances, it got taken over by another agency.”
He continued, “I became a part of MMO, but even there, it didn’t seem like my preparations to debut were going well, so I made a passport. I was going to run away to Canada. I was then offered a chance to appear in ‘Produce 101 Season 2’, so I was going to use it as my last chance, and I ended up here today.”
Kang Daniel also clarified the rumors surrounding himself. He explained, “There are many people who think I’m a foreigner. My name is Kang Daniel, but I was born in Busan. My real name is Kang Eui Geon, and I got my current name myself through the Bible.”
He added, “There are rumors that I was expelled from school and went around beating up other kids. Ever since middle school, I was into b-boying. I entered an art school based on my grades, but the tuition was so expensive that I dropped out. My mother raised me alone, so our financial situation was really horrible.”
Concerning his studies, Kang Daniel confessed, “I didn’t really study hard. However, compared to how much I studied, I got decent grades. Eventually, I left high school, went on the path to becoming a singer, and got an opportunity to become one at the age of 20. I took the high school qualification exam when I entered ‘Produce 101’ and entered a cyber university after that.”
Ong Seong Woo talked about his own schooling, saying, “There was a time when I was so determined and absorbed in my studies. I thought I would do well at this point, but I got a score of 23 [out of 100]. Ever since then, my parents didn’t say anything about my studies.”
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