F4 Interview: Kim Bum

Kim Bum says, “Me, a playboy? But I have never been in love!” The 20 year-old who portrays playboy extraordinaire on Boys Before Flowers talks to ISPLUS.

This interview felt so much tougher to translate than Lee Min-ho’s. I think Kim Bum uses more flowery language and Min-ho’s more straight forward. Sigh, Kim Bum’s motto in life escapes me. If someone can translate that and any that I have (not purposefully) left out, I would be much obliged.

IS: The So Yi-jung of Boys Before Flowers seems to be a smooth playboy – a ladies’ man.

KB: Thank you for the compliment but in real life, I am quite different. I am shy and do not mingle easily with people, much less attract beautiful women.

IS: Do you have a girlfriend?

KB: I’ve never had a girlfriend. I have been always too involved in something or other and have not found a girlfriend.

IS: If you had a girlfriend, what would you like her to do for you?

KB: I would like her to cook for me and pack me a nice lunch box. During my busy shooting schedule, I often have to skip a meal. When that happens, I could eat the lunch box my girlfriend has lovingly prepared for me. (Sounds like the way to Kim Bum’s heart is through his stomach :-) Hear that girls?)

IS: Who is #1 on your mobile phone speed dial?

KB: I believe it’s a “hyung” (elder brother/senior) from my agency whom I call for support. When I have a girlfriend, I would probably change her number to be #1 on my speed dial then.

IS: What would you do if your parents oppose marriage to your chosen one — much like Boys Before Flowers’ Gu Jun-pyo’s situation?

KB: If I do not get married to the one I love because of the opposition of those around me, I will regret it for the rest of my life. I will persuade my parent’s for their blessing.

IS: What is your motto in life?

KB: Making a mistake once is alright, but don’t make it twice. As you live life, you may experience failures and you may make mistakes. However, I do not want to encounter the same defeat from making the same mistake again. It means that although a person can’t be perfect, he/she should try his/her best to come close to perfection.

IS: What is your biggest crisis in life to date?

KB: I don’t think I have experienced any extra ordinary crisis in my life. I have worked hard to overcome certain things, but I do not consider them crisis in my life.

IS: Do you want to be a tycoon like your character in Boys Before Flowers?

KB: I do not want to be a tycoon, although I am always keen to achieve, and to live out my dream.

IS: Favourite Internet sites?

KB: Daum, Naver and other portal sites because news and information can be obtained very quickly.

IS: What do you always carry in your bag?

KB: Mobile phone and wallet.

IS: Do you have a jinx or habit?

KB: The day before the first day of shooting the drama I could not sleep. However, when morning comes, I go to the set in good spirits and get the job done. The next night, if I don’t get to sleep again, my condition worsens.

IS: When you feel stressed how do you solve it?

KB: When I am stressed, I look for my friends. I get de-stressed when I hang out with them, laughing and talking.

IS: Who is your favourite sports star?

KB: Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

IS: What three things would you bring to a desert island?

KB: Game consoles, DVD player and cell phone. I could watch movies with the DVD player and enjoy the island in between playing games on my console. Why would I bring a cell phone to a deserted island? I saw a CF once where the mobile phone was used to call for a Jjajangmyeon delivery.
(Kim Bum’s answer sounds 바보 to me. Game console and DVD player with no TV?)

IS: If you have a completely free day, what would you do?

KB: I would like to go somewhere to clear my head and unwind.

More F4 interviews:
Lee Min-ho
Kim Joon


  1. dat good but you hve to wait for me to come and prepare ur food oppa am a fan of yours am a nigerian you may text me “thanks”in my number +2348061536774 or +2348075197053 Oppa i love you keep the flag flying

  2. You are my firstluv and nothin can stop me from lovin u. I luv u very much I am planning to come to korea to hold u tight in my arms.Saranghae oppa

  3. i am tamilnadu ilike u so…………………………………………………………………………………………………………much i want to speak with u pls i like f4 guys i would frd fr u guys pls accept me

  4. please girl can you let kimbum be , what is the meaning of all this madness, am nt saying u should not be his fan or cheer him up , but why do u talk as if you are not future women and as if you dnt have dinity. My dear future women am 15 and am his fun but that dnt mean that i will start saying rubbish ,and also the girl that said she wish to see kim bum for real and you also said its impossible ,please dear dnt discourage yourself you will surely see him one day. As for me i will surely see the F4s and also so many korean boys and girls by the grace of God. So please girl lets behave matured.

  5. huh no girlfriend .why?,he’s cute ,handsome and romantic.kim bum oppa u must start dating.don’t be shy.maybe u can start dating with kim so eun.
    she’s your bestfriend right? love starts in friendship.hope u will come here again in philippines.

    saranghaeyo kim bum

    i wish u and kim so eun will be together.if i was u ,i will date her

    hope u like my advice:)

    totally i’m your biggest fan in the philippines.
    your birthday is july 7,1989 ur age now is 24.
    your favorite number is 7 because u said it is luck
    then your favorite color is black.RIGHT????/

    i’m hannah i’m only 11 y.o im a grade 6 student.im a grade 6 representative im the vice pres. in our room.

    kim bum oppa i wish u could try my advice.nothing will gonna lost right byebyebyebye. :0

  6. y dnt u wnt to hv g.f did they swear for all korean handsome guys not 2 hv g.f well btter dnt be like oh min lee to be frank the 2 of u are de same u play with guys 2 much……………..and y cnt u date kim so eun is she 2 innocent 4 u like u said in boys b4 flower been innocent does not matter what matters is that u found a good wife shes pretty so go for her and put your pride aside the two of u match

  7. the BBFLOWERS my fav drama it my first korean movie it cool km never had gf hhhh nooooo way it BS ofcourse he does hes say that to make g fans attached to him ….love the movie love the f4

  8. <3 Kimbum <3
    y0u have always been my Crush and the one who always make me fall in Love with y0u
    i d0n't care what y0u said in the interview because i always l0ve you and will support you always..
    My Dream is to c0me to Seoul.. Meet y0u, hug you tight, give you a kiss in y0ur chick and be the greatest fan y0u ever had but thats n0t possible i kn0w
    always kn0w this things
    we love you
    you have to lead far m0re
    we'l support you forever
    takecare be healthy and str0ng

  9. omg he never had a girlfriend??? is that possible for someone like him? woa wait a minut did he ever have a crush or something? O.o

  10. Ohhhh. . . .so sweet,when he talks about his ideal type:). Kim bum~ssi you r so. . . . .cute! I want to be the lucky person with whom you will fall in love <3. I will turn 20 on november 2012,maybe we have a chance:D:D

  11. Kim bum ur the best!! I hope you can come to Las Vegas NV. Some time. I hope that I can meet you some time soon. Hope u can come. :D

  12. Awww Kim Bum be happy at where u live
    I wish I can see u in real life
    There is one thing I really want to do when I am with u
    I will be really happy when I can be with u just one minute

  13. who knows but if he say that…….the only thing i know is HE HAS A BEAUTIFUL SMILE & IS A GREAT ACTOR..really GOOD LUCK

  14. Kim Bum is such a cutie!
    But, really? Anything he wouldve brought to a deserted island should be at least food and water. :)

    • i noe right? i mean no girlfriend?..for the cutest guy doesnt have a girlfriend??

  15. He's just so sweet about the girlfriend thing. I never realized we had so much in common.
    I love KimBum <3

  16. I thought I was going to die, reading his comments…All the hysterical giggles and whatnots <3 I do not understand how someone so adorable can be girlfriend-less…Just imagine the number of girls who would die to be with him. At least, I know I would.

    Eh, it's not 바보…More like kawaii <3 He is kawaii, after all…Who would have thought that he is naught but 20?! *Swoons like a lovesick girl* ('Cause I am one ^^)

    'This is the lady who has taken my heart and is unwilling to return it.' My favorite sentence from him as Yi Jeong. Change the lady to guy, and you have my thoughts.

  17. i dont think his comment was 바보 because he probably meant that he would bring a protabile dvd player.

  18. Hello!Kim Bum your so very handsome.!!

    I thought that your attitude is like any other guy but when I read your interview I realize that you are a simple man who want people very happy.
    I hope that your career will be remain succesful…….

    Thank you for being a good example to us as a teenager…..

    My Motto is- Whoever loves discipline love knowledge but he, who hates correction is stupid….


    Garrido st., San Enrique, Iloilo

  19. dearest kim bum..im ur biggest fan..please right me back..im looking forward to meeting you in korea.if i can??please write bak.

    ur–big fan//bestfriend(:

  20. he is damn sexyy !
    how can he NOT have a girlfriend ?!
    he's the perfect guy for any girl .
    not full of himself

  21. I REALLY LIKE YOU, KIM BUM!!!! You're so cute!! How come you never had a girlfriend before…That's really nice because you're the opposite of Yi Jung. I really really like you more when you said that you're not a playboy!! I also like Yi Jung-Ga Eul love team!!!! <3

  22. hi. you four boys did a great job in "boys before flower". it is great show. i watched that show before few days. ya it seems little strange as this show has released in early 2009. anyway kimbum, you are great. i m sure you will touch the sky.
    good luck for your future ahead.
    i hope to meet u once in my journey of my life.

  23. Kim Bum Cant blive thts u're ONLY 20 years Old …U r 9 years Older than Me…I love U..KIm bum…
    Hope U come here 2 visit..Me,,I LOVE you..Im Still your Fan..
    I love Ur Smile ….It really Cute..And make me Shy to look at it..But i still Love it..
    I love you..KIm Bum

  24. i'll cook n pack a lunch box for him…
    specially for kim bum…
    love kim bum…..
    stay cute….

  25. Game consoles don't literally mean VIDEO GAMES AS IN XBOX PS2 WII etc. maybe he means psp, nintendo ds, etc i will bring him lunch when i go to seoul korea :D

  26. I can't believe he never had a girlfriend n he's life….OMG!
    i love and like him so much….He's so cute…And He'z is fascinating when he SMILE

  27. ayt!!! whatever happens, even if he had a girlfriend or none, i dont care! i love kim bum oppa!!! keep it up man, girls are now crazy for your smile, i heard that some filipinos were craving for that, hehe by the way bof has very high rating here in philippines, LOve it!!
    ps. kim bum smile always!!!

  28. the girlfriend in d youtube,,, looks like its been edited… cuz,, the picture is highlightened,,,, he has an ex… but not that one.. exotic taste…. if its true,, kim bum,, had no taste in girls,,,haha…
    the picture kim bum making out is kim min sun…maybe…
    kim min sun,, is 29,, turning 30 dis year.. impossible he has a sugar mama..!!!hahaha….

    geh,, guys,, i dont care if she had ex… its over,, past is just memories now…lets just w8 for the soeul couple to make their moves…
    do not expect anything…. just w8… hehehe

    >,< So-Eul >,<

  29. ahmm..
    is there an electricity in an island??
    tsk. tsk. tsk.


  30. hi kim bum!

    ^_^wE lovee yOu hEre in cAgayan dE orO ciTy hEre in PHILIPPINES !!

    gooosh…i want to see you in personal!

  31. heyyy,.!KIM BUM i soooo lovee you!!!!

    –hope you could visit sometime here in manila, philippines !PLEASE ;)

    KB rocks!ayea!

    gooooosh!i cant wait to meet you!waaa.

    so..you’re single ryt?:))
    me too!!hahaha ;)


    –C :D

  32. heyyy,.!KIM BUM i soooo lovee you!!!!

    –hope you could visit sometime here in manila, philippines !PLEASE ;)

    KB rocks!ayea!

    gooooosh!i cant wait to meet you!waaa.

    so..you’re single ryt?:))
    me too!!hahaha ;)

    –C :D

  33. ““I really love kim bum!!!“`
    ““hes the only korean actor that is really passionate about every thing he does!!!


  35. How can such a cute and handsome guy like him not have a girlfriend???♥

  36. he had a girlfriend watch it on youtube… type kim bum girlfriend….. he lies… cauz he has x! if im his x i will get dissappointed cauz he said he never love before….

    he doesnt have to lie… ryt??? cauz its jaz his ex…

    but lab d way he smyl….

  37. kim bum is such a good actor and handsome how come he dont have a girlfriend right now by the way Boys over flowers is currently airing to my country philippines!
    Kim Bum is my favorite among the f4 love him so much i hope F4 will visit here in my country!

  38. i’m not surprised he’s never had a gf. there’s a lot of things to do in life and most of the time one will be busy. It’s perfectly fine. Besides, I’m 19 and I’ve never had a bf. I’ve never kissed before and it’s perfectly fine with me. I’m too busy trying to achieve my dreams and goals right now. It’s okay to not experience love yet and besides, love can happen when you least expect.

  39. rachel…
    kim bum even thiugh people say u did or not i trust u no matter wat!!
    ur cute funny and my dream come true is to meet a guy like u!!
    do ur best in everything……
    and dont let us girls disappointed …… lol
    dont be so harsh to Ga Eul in Boys Over Flowers… jk
    ur #1 fan….. hehe

  40. HE HAS HAD A G/F.
    go to daum and put kimbum's ex girlfriends or something
    there's a picture of him full out making out with a girl..
    or maybe he just really is a player?

    &&he said in another interview, my ex broke up with me 'cause i didn't smile much. ever since then, i practice my smiling in the mirror.

    but i still love my kimbum.

  41. I don’t know which part of the interview you were stuck but if you wanna send it to me maybe I can do it for you?

  42. ahhh~~~ this cutied never had a girlfriend before!!! well, a lot of girls will be queing for you boy after this… :)

  43. lol. I think he meant one of those portable DVD players as well as something like a Nintendo or one of those gadgets that allows you to play games on the go.

  44. i absolutely agree w/ Ji-enne, how could he possibly have NEVER had a girlfriend? *super-puzzled*

    looks like i’m gonna have to learn how to prepare a good-looking bento. and also to like cristiano ronaldo, darn it(the boys are clearly huge fans of the man)

    these guys better hope there’s electrcity on this deserted island by the way…

  45. @Rina & anonymous (who has helped me out twice): Thanks for your translations. I've added in Kim Bum's motto in life. =)

  46. lol love his jajamyeong answer! he’s the cutest when saying about the whole girlfriend stuff!
    ahhh…couldn’t believe he never had one tho…

    thx for translating!

  47. hello again :)

    for the motto, he says:

    “You may lose once, but don’t lose twice. As you live life, you may experience failures and you may make mistakes. However, I do not want to encounter the same defeat from making the same mistake again. It means that although a person can’t be perfect, he/she should try his/her best to come close to perfection.”

  48. ^^
    the one about the motto…I think he says:

    "making a mistake once is alright but don't make it twice."
    In life we might come across failures and make mistakes. But I do not wish to make the same mistake again. Eventhough humans can't be perfect, but I believe that we must try our best to be as close as possible to perfection.

    huhu^^ such a mature answer^^
    love KiBum

    and I love ur blog too <3<3

  49. maybe he meant the portable DVD player which comes with a screen. LOL, who knows.

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