Fans of the group NCT may know Johnny as the lovable ball of sunshine that radiates positivity throughout his 6-foot frame, but for those new to the group, here are some lesser known facts about the American-born K-pop star otherwise known as John Suh or Suh Young-ho. Should K-pop only be by, and for, Koreans? He was dedicated to completing his high school education in the United States Despite passing auditions for star training back in 2007, Johnny was allowed to fly back and forth between Seoul and Chicago to complete his high school education – an uncommon allowance by most entertainment companies. Johnny later made his official debut in 2016 – that’s a whopping nine years as a trainee. He was almost a member of Exo Johnny with exo! #NCT pic.twitter.com/bEt34qjboc — NCT PREDEBUT (@NCT_PREDEBUT) July 14, 2016 Back when Exo was slated for debut, fans had dug up photos of the star training and eating alongside Exo members, and had speculated that he was originally in the debut line-up for the Love Shot singers. Johnny even previously revealed on his radio show, NCT’s Night Night , that Exo leader Suho was like his “real brother”, teaching him invaluable lessons when he was at a young age. Fans admire his mother just as much as the star himself His fan club’s “Johfams” endearingly refer to Johnny’s mother as Madame Suh, due to her impressive background and child-rearing strategies. Johnny’s mother serves as the broadcasting director of a Chicago media outlet, making her a prominent figure in the city’s Korean society. The news of her son’s debut was even reported on the news in 2016. Johnny himself also credits her for teaching him many valuable life lessons, such as how to live in the moment and to experience life. Fans have jokingly asked the madame herself to pen a child-rearing book as they applaud her cheerful and upright nature. Born lucky: 5 K-pop idols who came from money … big money Johnsical His reported 6-foot-tall, or 184cm, frame is often a point of curiosity as fans are unable to believe he isn’t taller, due to images circulating on social media where he towers over other celebrities. He is also known to be dedicated to exercising, resulting in fans coining the term “Johnsical” – a portmanteau of “Johnny” and “Physical”. But in truth Johnny is yet to confirm if he is indeed taller than his profiled height of 6 feet, evading the question in an American interview. Black Lives Matter: how K-pop stans drowned out racist voices with fancams He is an all-rounder Although his washboard abs are a hot topic on social media, Johnny is more than his physique and sharp, catlike features. He has shown various talents including both vocals and rap on NCT tracks, and recently took part in lyrics composition for two songs off the group’s “Neo Zone” album. He is also trained in DJing, making beats in his spare time, and has hosted his own radio show alongside fellow members Jaehyun and Doyoung. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .