IU, the popular South Korean singer and actress, has had to overcome adversity before making it big in the entertainment industry. Photo: @dlwlrma/Instagram IU, the popular South Korean singer and actress, has had to overcome adversity before making it big in the entertainment industry. Photo: @dlwlrma/Instagram
IU, the popular South Korean singer and actress, has had to overcome adversity before making it big in the entertainment industry. Photo: @dlwlrma/Instagram

IU at 27 – the K-pop idol and Korean drama star who went from a cockroach-infested home to the Crash Landing on You soundtrack

Now a K-pop superstar known as the ‘nation’s sweetheart’, IU had to overcome numerous hardships on the way up – from relatives who mocked her dreams, through to 20 failed auditions before she found an agent

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IU, the popular South Korean singer and actress, has had to overcome adversity before making it big in the entertainment industry. Photo: @dlwlrma/Instagram IU, the popular South Korean singer and actress, has had to overcome adversity before making it big in the entertainment industry. Photo: @dlwlrma/Instagram
IU, the popular South Korean singer and actress, has had to overcome adversity before making it big in the entertainment industry. Photo: @dlwlrma/Instagram
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