Kim Min-seok (born March 26, 1990), better known by his stage name Xiumin (Hangul: 시우민; [ɕʰi u min]; shee-oo-meen), is a South Korean singer and actor. He is best known as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo, its sub-group Exo-M and its sub-unit Exo-CBX.
Xiumin was born in Guri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, on March 26, 1990. He was a student at Catholic Kwandong University where he attended a seminar and gave a presentation for students in Applied Music. Xiumin learned martial arts and has a black belt in Kendo and Taekwondo. He also trained in Wushu and Fencing. Xiumin is also known as an avid fan of football, and is an honorary ambassador of the Korea Football Association.
Before Xiumin’s participation in SM’s Everysing Contest, he had auditioned for JYP in 2008 but was rejected. In 2008, Xiumin won second place in the SM Everysing Contest. He later became a trainee through SM Entertainment’s Casting System in the same year.
Xiumin was revealed as the seventh member of South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo in January 2012. The group debuted on April 8, 2012. In 2013, Xiumin made a guest appearance alongside actress Kim Yoo-jung in the music video for the song “Gone” by South Korean singer Jin, now a member of Lovelyz.
In January 2015, Xiumin made his musical theatre debut, playing the character of Aquila in the SM Entertainment musical School OZ alongside labelmates Changmin, Key, Luna, Suho and Seulgi. In October 2015, Xiumin played the leading role opposite actress Kim So-eun in the web drama Falling for Challenge. He also released his first solo song since debut titled “You Are the One” as a soundtrack of the web drama. Falling for Challenge was the most watched web drama in South Korea in 2015, reaching 20 million views just after 17 days.
In February 2016, Xiumin was featured in AOA member Jimin’s solo single “Call You Bae”, and appeared in its music video. In July 2016, he made his big screen debut alongside Yoo Seung-ho in the South Korean film Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River. In August 2016, he collaborated with fellow Exo members Chen, and Baekhyun on an original soundtrack titled “For You” for the television series Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. In October 2016, together with Chen and Baekhyun, Xiumin became a member of Exo’s first official sub unit Exo-CBX. The group made their debut with the extended play Hey Mama! on October 31.
In July 2017, Xiumin collaborated with NCT member Mark on a single titled “Young & Free” for S.M. Entertainment’s digital music project Station. In August, he became a regular cast member on the MBC reality TV show It’s Dangerous Beyond The Blankets.