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HIGH4's Alex Explains Why He Obtained Korean Citizenship

By Tamar Herman | June 12, 2015 09:00 AM EDT

A member of one of South Korea's Korean idol groups revealed that he is truly South Korean. 

Alex (real name Alexander Kim), a rapper in the four member boy band HIGH4, revealed in June that he had become a Korean citizen because of his work as a member of HIGH4. The rapper was born in New York, and took his career as a singer into consideration. 

HIGH4's Alex became a Korean citizen in 2014, shortly after HIGH4 released their first song. 

By taking on Korean citizenship, Alex is required to fulfill mandatory service in the Korean military. The singer explained his thought process behind the decision through a statement from his agency. 

"After it was clear that I would become a member of HIGH4, my parents and I gave a lot of thought to this [citizenship]," Alex said via HIGH4's agency, N.E.T Entertainment, reported SBS funE. 

"I could keep my American citizenship and work in Korea with a visa, but while I lived in Korea preparing to debut as a singer, I began to understand a love a lot of things [about the country]. Because of my dream to live in Korea as a Korean, and to be known as part of a Korean group, getting citizenship was a clear choice." 

HIGH4 debuted in April 2014, with the song "Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms," a collaboration with solo singer IU. Alex is the oldest member of the group, born in 1990.

The group's latest single, "Baby Boy," was released on June 4.

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Tamar Herman is a multi-media journalist and the co-founder of KultScene. She is a freelance writer and copy editor, and an MTV Iggy contributor. Tamar can be followed on Twitter.

Tagged :  HIGH4, alex, citizenship, military, american

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