Aaron Youngmin Kwak, better known by the stage name Aron, is an American-Korean singer, rapper and DJ. He debuted in 2012 as a sub-vocalist and sub-rapper of South Korean boy group NU'EST. He is the oldest member of NU'EST, and is the group's English spokesperson.

Early Life

Aron was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was born to Korean father, Kwak Haeyong and mother, Kim Minjung. He has two younger sisters, Hannah and Grace Kwak.

He was a student at Loyola High School, an all-boys Jesuit Preparatory school in Southern California. In 2011, He was accepted into New York University's journalism department, but he decided to pursue his dreams to be a singer.

Career

Pre-debut

Aron auditioned for “Pledis USA Personal Auditions” in 2011, in which he sang and rapped Ne-Yo’s ‘So Sick', and was quickly recruited afterward.

Prior to debut, Aron made numerous appearances in his labelmates' music releases as a member of Pledis Boys. He was shown as a backup dancer in After School Blue's Wonder Boy and appeared in Pledis's Christmas release Love Letter and Pledis Boys' own music video for the song.

NU'EST

On 15th March 2012, Aron officially debuted as a member of NU'EST along with JR, Baekho, Minhyun and Ren.

In February 2013, Aron injured his right thigh muscle one day before the group's comeback performance during showcase rehearsal. However, he was still able to perform on comeback stage of Mnet M Countdown. After few months, however, Aron was taken to the emergency room due to acute enteritis in July. He was unable to walk and could not take part in the "L.O.Λ.E Tour" in Taiwan on the 21st July.

He also made appearances in various music videos during his time in the group. Aron was the main character in the music video of NuSoul's "The Ceiling" to support NuSoul's debut. In 2014, he was featured Chad Future's 'Got it Figured Out.' He also made an appearance on the f(x)'s Amber ′Shakes That Brass′ music video.

In 2017, NU’EST halted all promotions since the other NU'EST members, JR, Baekho, Minhyun and Ren participated in the reality show, Produce 101, while Aron took a rest due to his leg injury.

DJ

From 8 April 2013 to 19 April 2015, Aron became a radio DJ for Arirang's Music Access. The program had been more popular and posted an average of 3,000 stories a day on the bulletin board after Aron became the DJ. Then, Aron took up a position as a DJ on SBS PopAsia with his own show Aron's Hangout on 14 August 2015. On 22 April 2016, Aron ended his position as a DJ at SBS PopAsia's.

Health reasons & hiatus

Aron confirmed and announced on January 2, 2021 that he will be going on a hiatus due to experiencing symptoms of anxiety and the group will promote as a four-member group until further notice. However, he did participate in the recordings of the group's upcoming second studio album in the same year, though he will sit out of promotions and activities until he's fully recovered.

Controversies

In 2015, an old video from 2013 from the series "Seventeen TV" was found online, showing Aron cursing at members of the boy groups, SEVENTEEN, referring to them as "retarded", which caused huge backlashes among fans of both groups. Aron quickly released an apology statement afterward.

Trivia

  • Aron became decided he wanted to be a singer when he watched Son Dambi’s “Crazy" MV, since then he started to have interests in K-pop, singing and dancing.
  • Aron was the last person to join the group.
  • He could not speak Korean at all when he first joined Pledis, but managed to learn Korean in less than a year.
  • He is a huge fan of Ariana Grande and especially the singles "No Tears Left to Cry" and "7 Rings" which are two of his favorite songs.
    • His favorite songs by Ariana Grande from each album as of October 2020 are: "The Way" from Yours Truly, "Problem" and "Love Me Harder" from My Everything, "Dangerous Woman" and "Into You" from Dangerous Woman, "No Tears Left to Cry" and "God Is a Woman" from Sweetener, "7 Rings" from Thank U, Next and "Positions" from Positions.
  • According to Aron himself, he is friends with Ariana Grande after she moved to his hometown LA.
  • He got 2200/2400 on the SATs.
  • He was a newspaper editor in high school.
  • He admires American R&B singer Anthony Hamilton.
  • His ideal type is British girl group Little Mix.
    • His favorite songs by Little Mix as of November 2020 are: "Wings" and "DNA" from DNA, "Salute" from Salute, "Black Magic" from Get Weird, "Shout Out To My Ex" from Glory Days, "Woman Like Me" from LM5 and "Holiday" and "Sweet Melody" from Confetti.
  • His favorite Korean Group is DBSK.
  • His favorite cartoon is SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • Another one of his favorite cartoons is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and his favorite characters from the same show are Pinkie Pie and Applejack.
  • His favorite anime is Fruits Basket.
  • His favorite sport is golf.

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