Ji Chang Wook is one of today’s most popular and successful South Korean celebrities. He has already accomplished numerous film, series, and musical theater projects since 2006.
But, just like many South Korean stars, he also struggled with poverty. It has since become a shocking revelation among his fans.
As reported, many of his followers shared that they had no idea about his “rough time” in the past. Some even noted that it was because he looks like “royalty,” leading them to assume that he did not experience financial problems.
Koreaboo recently unearthed an interview Infinite member Sunggyu made in 2020. It was the engagement he had wherein he shared about Ji’s story.
Ji Chang Wook Paired Rice With Salt
Following his military discharge, the K-pop idol talked about the fellow stars he met in the service during an interview with Radio Star. He shared that they talked about their hardships as they all had it in common.
Sunggyu continued that the story of Ji Chang Wook caught the most attention. He revealed that the actor admitted to eating only rice dipped in salt during his hardest times.
The Family's Previous Financial Situation
In 2016, Ji Chang Wook, himself, shared a bit about his family’s financial struggles in the past. In a guesting engagement with tvN’s Taxi, he revealed that they could not “generously provide” for themselves.
He recalled that his mother worked hard in a restaurant despite being sick. Meanwhile, he emphasized that he had “no abilities or money” to support the family.
Things have already seemingly changed, though, especially after his successes. When asked about the “most satisfying gift” he ever gave to his mother, he responded that she “loves cash the most.”
But, as for the most satisfying thing he gave, the South Korean celebrity touted that it was when he paid back all the debt of the family with his own money. Ji Chang Wook said he was “most satisfied” with himself because of it, adding that “it had meaning.”