KEY POINTS

  • Key debuted as a member of SHINee in 2008
  • SHINee recently made a comeback with the album "Don't Call Me"
  • The band will hold its first online concert "SHINee World" on April 4

In a recent interview, SHINee band member Key reminisced about late bandmate Junghyun, and shared his thoughts on his new house and daily routine.

Key revealed during MBC’s show "I Live Alone" he has lived alone for eight years and also showcased the new house he had recently moved into. The house, which was painted in white tones had good lighting, beautiful furniture, and art created by Key himself hung on the walls. It also had a terrace from where one could view the Han River.

"Even if there was some discomfort, I moved here thinking that I wanted to live in a unique house," he said, according to Soompi.

Apart from talking about his two dogs -- Comme Des and Garçons -- that live with him, Key also shared his skincare routine and daily chores.

He added he had decorated his closet and revealed a small room inside another one.

"This room’s concept is 'secret room.' I filled it with things that I like. It’s a comfort to me just to have a room that’s dedicated for me," he added.

The 29-year-old then prepared a meal for his guest, who was revealed to be Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon. Taeyeon is a close friend of Key’s and also a fellow labelmate.

Key opened up to Taeyeon about late member Junghyun who passed away in 2017 as the two friends discussed SHINee's first comeback in two and a half years. He expressed the members miss him and felt the absence of his voice while promoting their latest album.

"What was most difficult for us while promoting was the absence of our most important voice. We realized it anew. It felt like an entire room had been removed while we were standing still. All the members felt this way," he revealed, according to Soompi.

"I like doing promotions now, but I liked it best when we were all together and we could keep trying new things without knowing what was ahead. In the past, when people spoke about it, I’d avoid the topic. It felt like they were using it to try and make me cry. Eventually I came to think it would be okay to talk about it, but it just came out without thinking. Now that I think about it, I think a part of me wanted to talk about it," he further added.

Taeyeon supported and encouraged him by saying, "From someone who was watching from the side, I think you did well."

"I believe that it’s important for one’s mental health to acknowledge what happened and speak freely about the emotions that arise. Of course, it was a difficult situation, but I don’t want people to pity me too much when they look at me," Key said, while expressing his thoughts on opening up about Junghyun's absence.

Key debuted as a member of K-pop boy group SHINee along with Minho, Taemin, Onew and Junghyun under SM Entertainment in 2008.

Korean boy band Shinee performs during the Pattaya International Music Festival Korean boy band Shinee performs during the Pattaya International Music Festival Photo: Reuters