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Kris Wu biography: 13 things about ex-EXO member born in Guangzhou, China

Kris Wu (吴亦凡) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and model of Chinese descent. He is 6’1″ tall.

Wu was born Li Jiaheng (李嘉恒) in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. His name was later legally changed to Wu Yi Fan (吴亦凡).

Aside from English, Wu also speaks Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese and Korean. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. In 2000, he and his mother moved from Guangzhou to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  2. In 2004, he and his mother went back to China. He attended Guangzhou No. 7 Middle School but shortly after, they moved back to Vancouver where he attended Point Grey Secondary School and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.
  3. In 2008, he auditioned for the SM Entertainment in Vancouver. He passed the auditions and became a trainee for the company.
  4. On February 17, 2012, SM Entertainment introduced him as the 11th member of its K-pop boy band EXO. The group’s debut album “XOXO” was released on June 3, 2013.
  5. In 2013, he appeared in several television series including “Da Pai Jia Dao (Bigshot),” “After School Club,” “Hello, Counselor,” “Weekly Idol,” “Running Man,” “Showtime” and “Let’s Go Dream Team.”
  6. In 2014, he left EXO. That year, he had three singles a solo artist namely “Say Yes,” “Time Boils the Rain” and “There is a Place.” On May 15, 2014, he filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to terminate his contract. In June 2014, he joined Heart Ali, a charity project started by Fan Bingbing and Chen Lizhi that helps children with congenital heart defects in Ngari, Tibet.
  7. He was 25 years old when he became the youngest celebrity to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Shanghai on the 10th floor of the New World Department Store in Shanghai, China in 2015. In the same year, he released two singles namely “Bad Girl” and “Greenhouse Girl.” He played Peng Zeyang in “Somewhere Only We Know,” which was released on February 14, 2015. It marked his debut as a film actor. On July 30, 2015, SM Entertainment filed a lawsuit against him and the Chinese companies working with him at the court in Beijing, China. They reached a settlement, which allowed him to be under the company’s management only in South Korea and Japan. He played Xiao Fei in “Mr. Six,” which was screened at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy on September 12, 2015.
  8. On January 21, 2016, he launched his own charity project called Extraordinary Honorary Court (不凡荣誉球场) in collaboration with Sina, Weibo Sports and Weibo Charity.  In 2016, he starred in four films namely “The Mermaid,” “So Young 2: Never Gone,” “Sweet Sixteen” and “L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties” and released four singles namely “From Now On,” “July,” “Sword like Dream” and “Good Kid.” For his “Sweet Sixteen” role, he won Best Actor at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival.
  9. In 2017, he starred in three films namely “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” “Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and five singles namely “6,” “I Choose the Road,” “Deserve,” “Miss You” and “B.M.” In the same year, he made his international debut as the Bulgari brand ambassador at the BaselWorld.
  10. He played Rocky in “Europe Raiders,” which was released on August 17, 2018. His debut studio album “Antares” was released on November 2, 2018.
  11. In 2019, he released two singles namely “Big Bowl, Thick Noodle” and “Eternal Love.”
  12. His extended play “Testing” was released on April 22, 2020. He reprised his role as Yin Chen in “L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 2,” which was released on December 4, 2020.
  13. On July 8, 2021, Chinese college student Du Meizhu, then 19, took to Weibo to publicly accuse him of a pattern of sexual assault involving several women, including underage girls, while they were intoxicated and unconscious. He denied the accusations. On July 31, 2021, he was arrested in Beijing on suspicion of rape.

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