Wanna One's Kang Daniel Talks Difficult Trainee Life And Clarifies Rumors

Wanna One’s Kang Daniel shared his difficult situation as a trainee and clarified rumors concerning his nationality and schooling.

On March 21, BIGBANG’s Seungri and Wanna One members Kang DanielOng Seong Woo, and Park Woo Jin appeared on MBC’s “Radio Star.”

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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