November 29, 2012 08:13
When Kim Ko-eun released her debut album in 2002, JYP Entertainment founder Park Jin-young gave her the stage name Byul ("Star"), signifying his desire for her to become a shining light in the Korean music industry.
Although Byul has failed to dominate the firmament of stars, she has managed to keep shining with a soft glow for the last decade and recently released her latest album "Nostalgia" in commemoration of her 10th year in the limelight.
"This album is to celebrate the 10th year [since my debut]," she said. "But I'm not attaching too much significance to this, or trying to prove myself in any particular way. I just, as always, sang songs that convey my every day feelings and thoughts."
Byul's songs are mostly medium-tempo ballads. "Maybe the reason I've been able to stick around so long is because I don't try to mix things up too much. I need to maintain a balance between my desire to change and the being the person people want to see. My fans seem to want me to stay the same as when I debuted."
She has been making headlines more frequently recently due to developments in her personal life. She announced in August that she will marry the singer Haha -- who appears in the popular TV show "Infinite Challenge" -- on Friday, and her father recently passed away.
"I miss my father so much, but Haha has been a big help," she said. "People think he's probably a bit of a troublemaker, or mischievous, but he's actually very caring and sincere. Because he is a singer, rather than just being an entertainer, he really pours his heart into his music."
"We are not as glamorous and famous as Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young [Korea's leading celebrity couple]. We see ourselves as being more approachable, like the couple who live next door," she said.
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