INFINITE’s Sunggyu Dishes On His Ideal Type, Regrets, + Missing His Bandmates

In a recent interview and pictorial for The Star magazine, INFINITE’s Sunggyu took a candid look back at his past and present.

The idol will be gracing the cover of the magazine’s seventh-anniversary issue, and he remarked after his shoot, “INFINITE is the idol group that’s appeared in ‘The Star’ the most times, and it’s an honor to be the cover model of the seventh-anniversary issue.”

“This was my first photo shoot since my military discharge,” he continued. “Because it had been a while, it was a bit awkward at first, but I had fun, and I think it went well.”

Sunggyu recently held his first solo concert since returning from the military, and he recalled, “I was so nervous on the first day that I don’t even remember how it went. Fortunately, starting from the second day, I became more relaxed, and I was able to see my fans’ faces. I still can’t believe that I was able to fill up that concert venue. It’s all thanks to INFINITE.”

When asked about being dubbed a “variety show genius,” Sunggyu humbly disagreed with the nickname. “Not at all,” he said. “I’ve never thought of myself as being good at variety shows, nor have I ever felt confident about them. It’s all thanks to the people around me.”

He went on to confess, “I get more stressed out about variety shows than you’d think, but for the sake of the fans, I intend to continue doing them. There are people who became my fans because they liked INFINITE’s music, but there are probably also people who liked seeing me on variety shows.”

As for Sunggyu’s ideal type, he shared, “I think I’ve become more sentimental than I used to be. I didn’t use to have an ideal type, but I’ve recently developed one. Someone who is bright and cute, with a lot of aegyo. I like people who approach everything with an optimistic energy.”

When asked to name the moments when he missed his fellow INFINITE members the most, Sunggyu revealed that it sometimes gets lonely in the waiting room when he’s promoting solo. “I don’t have anyone to talk to in the waiting room,” he explained. “When [the INFINITE members] are together, it’s really loud: we tease and diss each other, and we also fight a lot.”

He went on to muse regretfully, “Because we’re too honest, we sometimes unintentionally hurt each other’s feelings, and I think there must have been times when the other members felt sad because of something I said or did. Now, I miss all of that.”

Sunggyu added, “I regret not having enjoyed those moments more. Back then, I was obsessed with not making mistakes, and because of my responsibility as a leader, I didn’t enjoy it fully. In the future, I want to give myself more room to relax.”

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