Kim Hyun Joong is a South Korean entertainer, actor, and the leader and was the main rapper of boyband "SS501". Hyun Joong is well known for his role in "Boys Over Flowers", for which he received the "Popularity Award" at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2009 and the "Popularity Award" at the 45th PaekSang Arts Awards. He debuted as a solo artist in 2011. He is also a style icon in Korea, having won several icon awards and a member of the charity football team "FC MEN".
Hyun Joong joined the cast of "We Got Married" along with Hwangbo. Known as the "Lettuce Couple", they won MBC's "Best Couple Award". The couple made their official exit from the show due to scheduling conflicts with "Boys Over Flowers".
On August 21, 2014 reports surfaced that a young woman claiming to be Hyun Joong's girlfriend had filed domestic violence charges against him claiming he assaulted her causing a fractured rib. On September 2, 2014 Hyun Joong admits to hitting his girlfriend on one occasion but denies it happened repeatedly. The police concluded that there was insufficient evidence provided against Hyun Joong. He was fined 5 million won by the Seoul Prosecutor's office after admitting that they had a mutual physical fight once, but three of the four charges were dropped as they were unable to be directly linked to Hyun Joong.
In February 2015, Hyun Joong's girlfriend was reported to be pregnant with his child. Hyun Joong stated that he would take full responsibility if his girlfriend was found pregnant. Hyun Joong's ex-girlfriend sued him for a sum of $1.48 million for the mental damages from her relations with the Hyun Joong. On June 3rd 2015, at pre-trial proceedings, Hyun Joong's ex-girlfriend did not provide any medical evidence to prove her pregnancy.
Hyun Joong has enlisted on May 12, 2015 for his mandatory military service and is scheduled to be released in March 2017.