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He’s your hope, you’re his hope— he’s the big-hearted rapper from BTS, nicknamed J-Hope. Although he found a family with this K-pop group, this performer has a family back in Korea. Who are J-Hope’s parents? Here’s what we know about this K-pop idol, his music, and the family behind him.

J-Hope of 'BTS' onstage at iHeartRadio LIVE with BTS
J-Hope of ‘BTS’ onstage at iHeartRadio LIVE with BTS | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

J-Hope is one of the rappers in BTS

Jung Hoseok, also known by his stage name J-Hope, is one of the rappers and older members in the award-winning K-pop group BTS. He’s known for his warm smile and personality, appearing in songs like “Black Swan” and “On” on the album, Map of the Soul: 7.

Unfortunately, not much is known about J-Hope’s family and their relationship with the singer, and that includes their names. Some fans report that his father is a literature teacher and both parents have been supportive of his musical ambitions. None of this has been confirmed by J-Hope or his sister, though. 

Although he often acts as an older brother to the other members, J-Hope is the biological younger sibling in his family. According to Amino Apps, J-Hope is the only son of the family. The article continues, stating, he has one older sister, Jung Da Won, who has her own clothing store named Mejiwoo.

BTS attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center
BTS attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Who are J-Hope’s parents?

Fans don’t see J-Hope’s parents often. They did catch a glimpse when his family sent him a surprise birthday message. (This was years ago, only a few months after the boy band debuted with Big Hit Entertainment.) 

Additionally, J-Hope did post a video of himself spending time with his mother and his sister. Other K-pop idols mentioned their relationship with J-Hope’s family, including one member of the group Super Junior.

“I was listening to BTS give their speech after winning a Daesang, but J-Hope was the only member who wasn’t able to give a comment,” Super Junior’s Leeteuk said of his connection with J-Hope according to Soompi. 

“We were running low on time, but I thought, ‘Oh no! I’m close with J-Hope’s parents!’ so even though it was a live event, I asked him to say something anyway,” he continued.


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J-Hope released ‘Hope World’ and the single, ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’

Aside from performing with BTS and spending time with his family, J-Hope often records his own music, releasing the mixtape Hope World in 2018. During the group’s period of rest and relaxation during 2019, J-Hope traveled to the United States to record a music video for his song with Becky G, “Chicken Noodle Soup.” 

He also often asks as the big brother of the group, looking out the younger members. He appears in videos with the other idols, including Learn Korean With BTS, Run BTS, and the YouTube clips titled “Bangtan Bombs.” He also performs a solo song on Map of the Soul: 7, titled “Outro: Ego.”

Music by J-Hope, including his single “Chicken Noodle Soup,” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major streaming platforms, as is the BTS album, Map of the Soul: 7.