Taemin Revealed He Was So Insecure During His SM Entertainment Audition That He Lied To Them

Taemin wasn’t always the confident man we know and love today.

Taemin, who originally debuted with SHINee, is loved by fans for his duality of being both shy and sexy, not to mention his remarkable singing voice! It’s not just his singing voice that has evolved over the years, but his physical appearance as well!

During an appearance on a 2017 episode of tvN‘s Life Bar, Taemin shared a story about his audition for SM Entertainment. During his audition, he shared a few basic facts about himself, like his name and favorite foods…

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… However, one of the facts he shared was a lie because he felt he didn’t fit in and as a result, his confidence took a hit.

The SM company building was so fancy. You know there’s a department store. I felt like I was in a foreign country. I was so amazed. First time in Gangnam and I felt like the people looked arrogant…

—Taemin

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Because everyone looked so classy, he lied about his favorite food being steak. At that point in his life, he’d only eaten hamburger steak at school!

…I had never had steak before…

—Taemin

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Even though he lied, it was a really wholesome and adorable white lie that helped him feel a little bit more confident about his situation. 13-year-old Taemin was such a small cutie!

Watch the whole clip below for Taemin’s bashful storytelling: