It may be difficult for fans to imagine Super Junior without member Sungmin, but the idol group member revealed he was originally set to debut in a group with well-known best friends, Eunhyuk and JYJ member Kim Junsu.
Sungmin appeared on the May 17 broadcast of tvN talk show Taxi, alongside Girls′ Generation′s Jessica and f(x)′s Luna, where he opened up about the hardships he faced during his pre-debut days.
“Before Super Junior, to be honest, a few years before, I almost debuted first with another group,” revealed Sungmin. “With Junsu, Hyuk Jae (Eunhyuk) and I, the three of us were going to [debut], but Junsu went to TVXQ. The two of us were dropped.”
Sungmin, who was a senior in high school then, said of the rejection, “I was chasing my dreams, but it was taken away in a moment. That frustration was huge for me at that young age.”
He went on to admit, “After that, I stopped practicing altogether for a year. I even thought, ‘Should I quit?’”
However, Sungmin said he realized upon entering college that he was meant to return to singing and decided to pursue his dreams again
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