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. In February 2015, Hyun Joong's ex-girlfriend was reported to be pregnant with his child. Hyun Joong stated that he would take full responsibility of the child. Hyun Joong's ex-girlfriend gave birth in September 2015.
Hyun Joong has enlisted on May 12, 2015, for his mandatory military service and was discharged on February 11, 2017.