SHINee's Taemin shared how he avoided attention and interaction.
On the May 31 airing of SBS Power FM's 'Cultwo Show', a listener sent in a message about Taemin's grade school days. The listener said, "He was well known to be handsome so I signed up for the tutoring school that he goes to but he had already quit."
She added, "Elementary student Taemin always had this stern gaze and had earphones on but one day the earphones popped out of his pocket and I saw it dangling (without an mp3 player)."
Taemin explained, "Puberty hit me fast. I was very introverted so it was uncomfortable when friends tried to talk to me. I didn't know what to say but they kept talking to me so I wore earphones. But I left my mp3 player at home often. I had the earphones so I just wore them alone."
DJ Kim Tae Gyun asked, "So you were listening to everything your friends were saying?" Taemin brought laughter as he answered, "Yes," and added, "I was quite popular."