THROWBACK: When BTS’ RM gave Jungkook the iconic Golden Maknae nickname

Jungkook’s iconic Golden Maknae nickname was, in fact, given by his bandmate RM. Let’s look back at how the name came about.

Updated on Apr 15, 2024  |  11:02 PM IST |  1M
Jungkook and RM: courtesy of BIGHIT Music
Jungkook and RM: courtesy of BIGHIT Music
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  • Jungkook reveals the origin of his nickname Golden Maknae

Jungkook from BTS has been affectionately known as the Golden Maknae for as long as we can remember. But do you know how he got the nickname? Yes, it was bestowed upon Jungkook by none other than the leader of BTS, RM, or Kim Namjoon. At present, every fan recognizes the artist by that nickname, and it has become an integral part of his identity.

In 2023, Jungkook was invited to his fellow bandmate Suga’s show called Suchwita. In the show, various artists make appearances and talk to the host to share their musical experiences and life anecdotes. During Jungkook’s visit, he talked about his debut album, Golden, released in November 2023. However, in the interview, he also revealed a major life detail that took everyone by surprise and answered many questions. 

Jungkook reveals the origin of his nickname Golden Maknae

Suga introduced Jungkook as the Golden Maknae, which is how the conversation started. The artist revealed that the nickname that he is widely known by was given by his bandmate RM.

In 2013, during a video log, RM introduced Jungkook to the world and introduced him as the Golden Maknae due to his overwhelming talent for singing, dancing, and rapping. RM referred to him as an all-rounder, which is why he gave him the nickname, which means that he can do everything. 

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However, Jungkook did not prefer the name in the beginning and avoided using it initially. But later on, he started to embrace it and even referred to himself as the Golden Maknae a few times. It is no secret that Jungkook joined the group only because RM persuaded him to do so. The artist considers RM his mentor and leader, not just in the group but also in life. The nickname stuck, and till today, he is known as the beloved Golden Maknae to everyone.

Additionally, it is also possible that the name of Jungkkok's debut album, Golden, might be inspired by the nickname itself. The album was very well received by fans and non-fans alike and received immense commercial success. Currently, both RM and Jungkkok are serving their time in the South Korean mandatory military enlistment. They will be discharged sometime around 2025. 

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