Sulli (Choi Jin Ri) – Biography and Life Story of the South Korean Artist

Sulli, whose birth name is Choi Jin-Ri, was once a famous South Korean actress and singer. She was most recognized by being a member of the girl group f(x). Aside from singing, she has worked with several TV series and movies. But, a tragic event happened that end the life of the beautiful artist. 

Full Name Choi Jin-Ri (최진리)
Screen Name Sulli (설리)
Birthday March 29, 1994
Birthplace Busan, South Korea
Age 25
Career Profession Singer, Actress
Death Date October 14, 2019
Death Place Seongnam, South Korea
Cause of Death Suicide
Nationality South Korean
Ethnicity Asian
Mother Not disclosed
Father Not disclosed
Height 5 ft. 7 in.
Weight 56 kg
Salary $400,000
Net Worth $15 million



Choi Jin-Ri is best known for Sulli, her stage name. She was a model, actress, and singer from South Korea. She earned several roles as an actress and had a recording deal with SM Entertainment. She is one of the members of f(x), a Korean pop girl group. Their group became a success as they were the first K-pop group that performed at the SXSW. 

By the year 2015, Sulli had a hiatus and left the f(x) girl group. After this, she handled several modeling campaigns, which made her the global brand ambassador of Estée Lauder.

Choi Jin-Ri ‘Sulli’ is a well-acknowledged celebrity in the South Korean pop culture because of her outspoken personality. In 2017, she became one of the most Googled personality in South Korea, her name was even ranked of Moon Jae-in, the current South Korea President.

Early Life of Choi Jin-Ri (Sulli)

Sulli was born with her birth name Choi Jin-Ri on March 29, 1994, in Busan, South Korea. As she holds the South Korean nationality and Asian ethnicity, she was raised and loved by her parents with her brothers. She was the only daughter, and he had two older brothers and a younger brother.

When she was old enough to go to school, she went to Jungbu Elementary School in Busan and transferred to Seoul Cheongdam Elementary School. The last school she attended was at Chungdam Middle School. Sulli was still in primary school when she attended the MTM Academy Seoul branch, it is a part-time theatre school where she learned how to sing, dance, and act.

Girl Group f(x)
Girl Group f(x)

Career Life of Choi Jin-Ri

Sulli was still in fourth grade when she had an audition for SM Entertainment. After her audition, she became an official cast for SM trainee and moved into the dormitory with Tiffany of the Girls Generation and Taeyeon.

At the age of 11, Sulli started her acting career. She played the role of the Princess Seonhwa of Silla in the Ballad of Seodong drama. After this, Sulli continued accepting a part for minor roles. By the year 2009, her debut was as one of the members of the girl group f(x). 

In 2012, Sulli received an award of the New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards due to her exemplary performance in her lead role in the drama To the Beautiful You. 

By the year 2013, Krystal Jung and Sulli became the face of Etude House. A year after, Sulli took had a hiatus break from the entertainment industry as she was affected by cyberbullying and malicious comments she received after being physically and mentally exhausted. On her hiatus, Sulli did not join in promotions and even withdrew herself from the f(x). 

In 2018, she came back to the music industry and released her first song as a featuring artist after she left the f(x). By 2019, she released her single album as a solo artist. 

Before Sulli died, she was the main lead in the second season of the Netflix series Persona. But, the production of the film was suspended as she had only filmed two out of five planned episodes for the series.

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Personal Life of Sulli

As she dreamed of becoming an artist, Sulli debut at an early age. She signed with SM Entertainment for her singing, by which her birth name was replaced. Her stage name Sulli means the ‘truth’ in Korean, but when she interpreted it, it means to her ‘pear blossoms in the snow’.

Between the years 2013 to 2017, Sulli had a relationship with Choiza, a rapper of Dynamic Duo. But, their relationship gathered malicious comments and cyberbullying.

By October 2018, Sulli revealed to the public that she struggles with social phobia and panic disorder. It is also linked to her suffering from severe depression, which is linked to her death.


Relationship Status of Sulli: Was She Dating?

Sulli was single by the time she passed. For the past few years, Sulli was not in a dating relationship with anyone. It was in 2014 when she first had a relationship with Choiza. Paparazzi who revealed their dating photos resulted in vicious attacks towards Sulli. But, their relationship did not last long, they were only together for 3 years and called it quits by 2017. Sulli was also linked with G-Dragon in the same year. More so, there were rumors that she and Kim Min-Joon were dating.

Sulli’s Image and Advocacy

After Sulli departed from the girl group f(x), she received unwanted attention because of her unusual persona which made a fuss on the public. Some media described her as a forward thinker and eccentric, but some branded her as absurd and inappropriate. Sulli was known for her outspokenness and feminist voice.

By August of 2018, Sulli gave her support for the Comfort Women Day, a memorial day nationally celebrated in South Korea to honor the women who were assaulted and suffered from sexual slavery in World War II that was initiated by the Japanese Imperial Army. Other than that, the no bra movement is one of her advocacy, where she went braless on some of her social media posts. With that, she received malicious comments.

Sulli has been outspoken against cyberbullying. Often times, Sulli was a target for malicious comments. She expressed to the public that she is still hopeful that the people can accept the differences and uniqueness of each other.

Net Worth, Income, and Salary of Sulli

Sulli, an actor, and singer have quite earned much through her profession. As she is one of the most talented artists in South Korea, Sulli managed to earn a massive fortune. With several television dramas, series, movies, and music albums, Sulli has a net worth of $15 million. Her annual salary is $400,000 for each episode of the shows and series.

Body Measurement of Sulli: Height and Weight

Without a doubt, Sulli is a gorgeous woman who has stolen millions of hearts with her beauty. She has maintained a slim body build, that can be compared with an hourglass body shape. She has vital statistics of 32-23-32 inches. 

Sulli stands 5 feet and 7 inches tall and weighs 56 kilograms. She is more beautiful with her blonde hair, dark brown eyes, and a fair complexion.

Sulli’s (Choi Jin-Ri) Cause of Death and Its Impact

Information was disclosed by one of the employees from the emergency call center, who revealed that Sulli was found by her manager on the second floor of her house lifeless. She lived in Seongnam, South Seoul. The tragic news circulated on October 14, 2019. Sources say that the manager visited Sulli’s home after he failed to contact her after talking to her through the previous day on the phone. The police who initiated the investigation ruled the incident as suicide, as there was no evidence of break-ins or foul play.

A diary was found where you can read her feelings, yet it was not concluded to be a suicide letter. An autopsy confirmed what caused Sulli’s death, it was revealed that she performed the act on the night of October 13 or the morning of the next day.

The wake and funeral of Choi Jin-Ri were held privately by her family and friends, the media and fans were not invited. But, her management, SM Entertainment had a separate venue in the funeral hall of Severance Hospital located in Sinchon-dong of Seoul for her fans who wished to pay their tribute. Several companies and celebrities canceled their activities and events to mourn for Choi Jin-Ri. After 4-days of her funeral wake, her family buried Sulli at an unknown location.

The death of Choi Jin-Ri was linked to depression due to cyberbullying. Moreover, it was reported that Sulli repeatedly asked for the management to have strong interventions against cyberbullying and malicious comments. There were seven petitions posted on the website of the South Korean presidential office. A tougher punishment and system to create accounts and comments were proposed to avoid the same tragedy to happen from any of the South Korean celebrities.

Implementation of the Cyberbullying Punishment

With the help of Representative Park Dae-chool and Representative Park Seon-sook, the proposed Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection became a great help to punish those people who place malicious comments. By October 25, Kakao Corporation announced that comments are temporarily disabled on the entertainment news to avoid gaining malicious comments.

After her death, the phrase “Love You Sulli” went trending online as they attempt to hide the negative results on the search bar. Moreover, the song ‘Peach’ by IU that was all about Sulli, topped at the music charts again.

People May Ask About

Why KPOP idols are forbidden by their management to fall in love?

It has been known that the contracts have a “no dating clause”. Managements forbid dating to have reasons that some do not understand. They do not want the idols to be seen as sex objects, as the idols sell their looks through their promotions.

Furthermore, the management wants to protect the image of the idols. The fans support their idols based on their characters and personalities.

What does ‘Sulli’ mean?

Sulli is the screen name of Choi Jin-Ri. In Korean, the her screen name means ‘the truth’.

Does Choi Minho have a girlfriend?

We all know that Choi Minho is a good looking and talented singer, it is impossible for him not to have a girlfriend. But, he has not confirmed the news that she is dating even if he was linked to Sulli.