Profile Nayeon: A Decade of Dedication – Exploring Her Impact on TWICE and K-Pop (2024 Updated)

Discover the story of Nayeon from Twice, the talented singer who captured the hearts of K-pop fans

Who is Nayeon?

Im Na-yeon (born September 22, 1995), commonly known by the stage name Nayeon, is a South Korean female singer. After participating in the survival television program Sixteen in 2015, she became a member of the girl group Twice under the management of JYP Entertainment. For two consecutive years (2017-2018), she was voted the sixth most prominent idol in K-pop according to Gallup Korea’s annual music poll. Wikipedia

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Im Na-yeon (born in 1995) was born and raised in Gangdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Her life passed quite peacefully. Possessing innate musical talent from a young age, Nayeon made great efforts to pursue her path to becoming an idol. In 2010, Nayeon was recognized as a trainee of JYP Entertainment. By 2015, Nayeon debuted as a member of the girl group Twice.

Nayeon’s Biography:

  • Full name: Im Na-yeon
  • Stage name: Nayeon
  • Date of birth: September 22, 1995
  • Age: 29 years old (As of 2024)
  • Place of birth: Gangdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Height: 1.63m
  • Weight: 47kg
  • Profession: Singer, actress
  • Management company: JYP Entertainment
  • Active years: 2015 – present
  • Group: Twice
  • Parents: Cheon Se-ah
  • Sibling: Im Seo-yoon
  • Instagram: nayeonyny

Career of singer Nayeon

Joining JYP

In 2010, Nayeon secretly left her family to audition for the Open Audition 7th program. This program was organized by JYP to search for new musical talents for the company. After her successful performance, Nayeon gained attention and officially became a JYP trainee in September of that year.

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Possessing beauty and charm, Nayeon appeared several times in commercials and made guest appearances in the television drama Dream High 2 in 2012. By 2013, after three years of rigorous training, Nayeon was chosen to be a member of the 6mix girl group. However, this group did not debut.

It wasn’t until 2015, through the Sixteen audition program, that Nayeon successfully joined the Twice girl group. She took on the roles of Lead Vocalist and center of the group. Despite being the oldest member, Nayeon continued to receive favoritism due to her talent.

Active with the group since 2015, Nayeon has consistently demonstrated her talent and responsibility as the eldest sister. She has also achieved remarkable success during this time.

Success in Nayeon’s career

The peak of Nayeon’s career was from 2017 to 2019. In the annual Gallup Korea music poll in 2017, she was ranked among the top 6 most prominent idols in South Korea. In 2018, she again ranked in the top 6 with 6.7% of the votes from the audience.

Additionally, Nayeon has won in many major polls, such as being named one of the top 4 female idols with the best singing voices. She is also affectionately called the “national best friend” by fans because of her close relationships with famous artists, especially with members of Blackpink.

Many of her fans have asserted that they were once anti-fans but became fans after seeing the adorable videos of the idol. After a period of anticipation, Nayeon has recently been confirmed to be the first solo debut of a Twice member.

Solo Debut

Nayeon is the first member of TWICE to debut solo. After 7 years of activities with the group, the first female member of the girl group Twice has recently debuted solo. Twice’s official fanpage has released the first poster titled “IM NYEON (I’m Nayeon).” According to this, Nayeon will have her first solo mini album released at exactly 1:00 PM on June 24, 2022 (Korean time).

Prior to this, Nayeon, along with the other 8 members of Twice, also appeared on the popular American show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. This was part of the group’s international tour activities.

Dating News/ Rumors

In 2022, Instagram photos of J-Hope and Nayeon taken at the same French restaurant led many to speculate that the two had been secretly dating there. Netizens believe that the angle of the photos of J-Hope and Nayeon suggests that they are sitting facing each other.

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Moreover, the two both ordered similar dishes. This has sparked many speculations about the relationship between J-Hope and Nayeon.

Many fans have stepped forward to defend their idols. Netizens suggest that both may have dined on different days, and the dishes they ordered may be characteristic of the restaurant.

It is known that the location is a pop-up store for Louis Vuitton, where both J-Hope and Nayeon participated in promoting products for the fashion house. Furthermore, the pastries they both chose were inspired by the LV logo and patterns.


According to the media, the incident actually began with a debt owed by the mother of the female singer Nayeon, not by Nayeon herself.

In 2023, the East Seoul District Court ruled against Mr. A (whose identity was concealed) in a lawsuit over money borrowed by Nayeon’s family. According to court records, A had transferred over 500 million won to Nayeon’s family over 12 years. Additionally, Nayeon and her mother used a credit card under A’s name to pay off more than 100 million won over 6 years from March 2009 to October 2015. However, many sources assessed that there was not enough evidence to prove this was a loan.

Nayeon debuted with TWICE in 2015, and the lawsuit was filed in January 2022. In court, Mr. A testified: “At the request of Nayeon’s mother at that time, I lent her necessary funds for living expenses,” and he further asserted: “She promised to repay the money after Nayeon debuted as a trainee and became a singer, but ultimately broke her promise.” However, according to the court’s ruling, there was no reason for Nayeon to repay the 600 million won.

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