When you first joined YG Entertainment, you didn’t really fit in. Your style was different, your confidence was too high, and your audition was made fun of - especially the part where you got down on your knees. You had to learn to adapt - in terms of performance style, and personality, because you were introverted and a bit awkward. You found that you were losing touch with yourself, and disliking the training day by day.
But during the 2 most crucial hours of your life, during the last performance that determined whether you debuted or went home, you went to the center of the stage, got down on your knees - the very thing that you were mocked for - and sang your heart out. In the most critical moment, you stayed true to yourself, and that is why you inspire me so much. Because you are honest, because you own up to your own shortcomings - and most importantly, because you are not ashamed of who you are. And to me, that is beauty.
Dear Taehyunie, you showed us many aspects of your personality and we loved each and every one of them. There’s nothing you can’t do, and even if there is, you always try your best to succeed. I know there has been times you wanted to give up on everything and I’m so glad you didn’t.
When I think about how you were in the beginning and how you are now, I’m very glad you found people who love you for who you are and who managed to pull the best out of you. You grew up so much in these few months.
Hopefully you’ll get to spend this special day with all the people who you love.
May 10th — Happy 20th (21st in Korea) birthday to our youngest, Nam Tae Hyun! We hope you enjoy this day and may all your wishes come true! You are truly an amazing person with such gifted talent. We are looking forward to what you will bring to us whether it be your composition work or even your unique styles. We know you’ll surprise us with all you got. Good luck with debuting and we’ll continue to love and cheer you on always! Stay gold ♥
Happy Birthday to Winner’s maknae, vocalist, composer, and lyricist. Happy Birthday to NamKitty, NamDiva, and NamModel. Happy Birthday to the sweet boy with droopy eyebrows and a mole on his thumb, to the caring son and brother, to the talented, lovable musician.
Our first encounter didn’t affect me well. You were that too baby like looking boy who didn’t have much confidence and did too much mistakes ruining his team’s work. I hated you.
Our second encounter was when you cried after those remarks. Truthfully you deserve it. You didn’t have ambition, you were nuisible and you lacked too much confidence. But your tears somehow touched me. You were a human after all.
Our third encounter, you were another person. You weren’t the one I disliked or the one I pityed. You were the ambitious one. Someone I can grow to like and appreciate.
Our 4th encounter you looked fierce and you sang that low note that made me look at you in a different way. At that moment I wasn’t able to see the 10 boys around you, nor the other label’s trainees. The spotlight was on you. Only on you. It was like being in the only audiance in a theater with an only singer onstage. My heart started beating faster and all what I could think about was that melting voice of yours.
Our 5th encounter, I was already looking for that boy that melted my heart in the previous encounter. Where was he? How was he? Did he have other talents? He did, he wasn’t just a vocalist, he could dance so well too.
Our 6th encounter, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, I discovered all of your amazing talents. You had an amazing voice, great writing and composing skills, you even could mix tracks, you were a B-Boy, you could beatbox, you could draw so well. How can someone have all these talents? Watching you perform, you owned that stage, little did I know that you also owned my heart. You weren’t human after all.
You became my daily source of light. A day wouldn’t pass without me looking for you or listening to you voice. You were my virus and my cure.
You were and are my inspiration. That guy who lacked confidence but had a dream, who had health problems but didn’t give up after the tiring training, who would never give up on his passion for art.
Somehow you were like me. Maybe that’s why I hated you at first. I didn’t have confidence, I had tons of health and mental problems and I couldn’t nourish my art passion with my busy studying life. But I wanted to pursue my dream, I wanted to have a strong body and I wanted to share my love for art. So I’m thankful to you Nam Taehyun. Thankful that you appeared into my life <3 Thankful that you’re existing.
Please be always yourself, keep being my inspiration and never give up on your true self. Stay Gold .