BTS Jungkook’s My Biography interview for volume 8 of Japan’s FC magazine proved once again just how much performing on stage as a group means to him.

As a young boy, Jungkook was a playful and curious boy who had a lot of fun just living life.“The earliest memory I have is playing with a dog when I was a kid? I had so much fun playing with a dog that was the same size as me while we were out visiting somewhere. I must have been around 3, 4 years old. The dog became my friend (laughs). Thinking on it now, the dog must’ve been much bigger than me, but I didn’t get hurt. It’s probably because the dog was going easy on me. What a good dog.”

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He also recalls being a student who disliked his studies and loved fooling around while at school.

I was a very mischievous boy when I was young. I loved playing outside as a kid. I really hated studying though. I got in trouble by my mom a lot. I was the type of kid who would run down the hallway and eat lunch fast at school (laughs). I even tried out for a b-boy competition even though I wasn’t good at it. I sang 2AM’s “This Song” during a field trip in middle school too.

— Jungkook

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Seeing how he is called the golden maknae, you would think that he had everything planned out at a young age, but it was actually quite the opposite.

You might think that I had a dream of becoming a singer from a young age, but truthfully I still didn’t know what my goal or dream was even when I tried out for the audition program. It was more of a ‘what will be will be’ type of mindset and was also just for fun. But when I arrived at the audition hall, I became intimidated by the large crowd. I started to shrink after being surrounded by so many strangers. This might be the time that I began being shy around people I didn’t know.

— Jungkook

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Though I didn’t come to the auditions with a serious mind, I was lucky enough to be found by a company member and started training to become a singer. Truthfully, I received many offers from other companies but I chose the company I am in now because of RM. I also had this intuition that this was a company I could trust. I don’t know why, but I believed that RM was someone that would succeed no matter what he did. I also had this mindset that ‘I will succeed. I will most definitely succeed.’

— Jungkook

He was actually quite shy during his years as a trainee and V played an important factor in bringing him out of his shell. “I was really shy during my trainee days and lacked sociability. But it got better after V joined the company. V and I have similar personalities and it’s thanks to him that I came out of my shell. The more I became close to V the more I liked him.”

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It was only after debuting that he realized that the importance of dance and began exposing himself to different styles of music.

Honestly, I didn’t really like hip-hop before debut. I saw the other older members doing rap but I mostly enjoyed quiet music. I learned how to dance after becoming a trainee. I felt the need and importance of dance after debuting. I began wanting to dance better after debut so I continued to practice harder. Musically, I thought about what I needed to do in order to grow more and began exposing myself to all different kinds of music and ultimately began to enjoy music more.

— Jungkook

His first encounter with RM still sticks with him today. “I still remember the first time I met the members. Out of all the members, the first impression of RM was the most intense. I walked into the closet and there was RM wearing nothing but his underwear. I was really shocked (laughs).”

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Lastly, his hope is to continue this journey with all the members of BTS.

Like I said before, I chose to join this company because of RM. I have never forgotten how happy I am to be a part of BTS. The moment that I feel this the most is when I am standing on stage. I really enjoy the moment all seven of us are standing on stage and singing to all the ARMY who are supporting us in the crowd. Going forward, I hope to continue do what we are doing all together in the future too. My hope is to perform on stage and do concerts without a single member missing. I want to continue doing this more a long time with all the members. I hope that only good things will happen forever.

— Jungkook

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That’s why I don’t ask for anything more than what we have now. Since the stage is my all, of course I want to do events, entertainment, magazines, music videos and more to make ARMYs happy. I’m happy that a lot of people are happy and the stage is the most precious to me. When I am on stage, I feel an emotion that not everyone can feel boiling inside of me. It’s something that I can’t express with words but it feels like a strong force is attacking my heart, or something beyond that. That’s why the stage is a very special place for me. I hope to continue performing onstage with all the BTS members.

— Jungkook

We can see that it is because of the members that Jungkook continued to grow as a person and as an artist, making him the talented golden maknae that he is today!