Lee Ji Eun, better known by her stage name IU, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. Her stage name is derived from the phrase "I and You", symbolizing that people can become one through music. IU debuted on "Mnet M! Countdown" on September 18, 2008, with her debut single "Lost Child". However, she did not gain mainstream popularity until her follow-up and debut studio album "Growing Up".
On October 8, 2015, her agency Loen Entertainment confirmed that IU is in a relationship with Indie Rock band member Kiha & The Faces, Jang Ki Ha, who's 11 years older. Late January of 2017, news revealed that IU & Jang Ki Ha broke up after 4 years of dating.