Who is Christian Yu?
Yu Ba-rom was born on 6 September 1990, in Sydney, New South Wales Australia, and is a rapper and singer, dancer, executive, and social media personality, but probably best known for being a member of the K-pop boy band C-Clown from 2012 to 2015. He performed under the stage name, but after his contract with Yedang Entertainment ended, he switched to Christian Yu.
The Wealth of Christian Yu
As of early-2020, Christian Yu’s net worth is estimated to be over $5 million, accumulated through a successful career in the music industry.
He earned significant money during his time with C-Clown, and also has a significant paycheck from his work as an executive for the independent label DPR, or Dream Perfect Regime.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Christian is of South Korean descent, and has learned a lot about his heritage, but spent most of his youth in Australia. He dreamed of finding a career in the performing arts during his teenage years, and after matriculating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Sydney, pursuing a course in science and art, not thinking that he would amount to anything with his dream in music. The university he attended is one of the world’s top universities, and the first to ever be established in the continent.
However,, he grew less interested in his studies, while learning more about a prospective music career in South Korea, especially when he heard about companies holding auditions internationally for hopefuls. He attended an audition for Yedang Entertainment, which would later become Imagine Asia. The company is known for representing numerous artists in the past, though it later became a much larger conglomerate, encompassing several entertainment companies, including Dream T Entertainment and Blue Star Entertainment.
Path to C-Clown
Succeeding in his audition, Yu dropped out of the university to pursue his lifelong dream. He moved to South Korea, and trained there for several years.
One of his advantages was that he was already fluent with his English, which meant that he was set for an international career if given the chance. Before the debut of C-Clown, several of its members were already appearing in public, including T.K. who had done commercials and was even set to become a member of BtoB, but was pulled out.
One of Yu’s first public appearances was in “Let’s Go! Dream Team Season 2”, when he participated as a newcomer to the industry. In 2012, he was announced to be a part of the new boy band C-Clown, introduced as Rome, and joining T.K., Maru, Kang Jun, Ray, and Siwoo in the group.
In 2012, they released their debut extended play (EP) called “Note Alone”, which contained the lead single “Solo”, then made their debut performance in the program “M Countdown”. In the same year, like many boy bands, they released a second EP – “Young Love”.
Success with C-Clown and Disbandment
In 2013, C-Clown released their third EP called “Shaking Heart” which contained the lead track of the same name, which marked their start in experimenting with music genres, and slowly they were gaining recognition in the country. After a break for the rest of the year, they released a comeback single called “Tell Me”, and followed it up with the song “Justice”, and also released the music video for “Let’s Love”.
C-Clown never fully took advantage of their potential, as tensions within the group and management continued to build for the next two years. In 2015, Rome changed his name to Christian Yu, and began deleting his pictures. He stated that management had turned him into a different person, something he’s not. This led to a lot of speculation that he was leaving the group, or that the group was disbanding, as evident from their lack of activity within the past year. Things remained obscure for the next few months, with Christian continuing to post cryptic online messages, until late in the year the disbandment of the group was announced, confirmed by him.
Only one member of the group was retained by management, while the others went their separate ways.
Life After C-Clown
Following his work with C-Clown, Yu didn’t venture on a solo career, though he remained connected in the music industry. He became close friends with Hong Da-bin, better known for his stage name DPR Live, becoming a part of DPR Live’s independent label DPR, and working his way up the company ladder. He now serves as the chief editor and director for the label, helping rappers as well as other artists they’ve signed.
Yes.. this is what I do 😄 – dpr visuals +IAN pic.twitter.com/Gx3FjJcavD
— Christian Yu (@DPRIAN_) March 27, 2018
He’s participated in several music video shoots with the rest of DPR, including units such as DPR Cream, but mostly remains in the background, helping with the videography and directing music videos. He also continues to post online though not as regularly. He’s explored his love for video making, creating short films, artistic videos, and vlogs for his followers. He also loves posting comedic content, and shows some behind the scenes photography while he is shooting on location with DPR. He’s traveled to various parts of the world, and occasionally returned to his home country of Australia.
It is known that Yu is single – he’s not one to be public about any romantic endeavors. He has never talked about this aspect of his life, though he is in a position to be more liberal about it as opposed to many contract-bound K-pop artists. He owns a pet dog which he celebrates events with as seen on social media. Due to his accusations of Yedang changing his personality a few years back, it’s hard to believe any of the things he said during interviews while under contract, as it might just be a reflection of his persona and not his actual interests.