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Momo Hirai (Hangul: 히라이 모모, Japanese: 平井ももひらいもも Hirai Momo), better known as Momo (Hangul: 모모), is a Japanese singer and dancer, active in South Korea. She is the third oldest member of the K-pop girl group, Twice, as the main dancer, vocalist, and sub-rapper.

Early life and career Beginnings

Momo was born in November 9, 1996 in Kyotanabe, Kyoto, Japan. Her family consists of her parents and older sister by two years, Hana Hirai.

Momo started dancing at a very young age and decided to become a singer because of Amuro Namie and got into K-pop after watching Rain and Lee Hyori. Throughout her young life, she trained at the Step Out Dance Studio and was scouted by JYP Entertainment after they saw a dance video of her and her older sister. Momo and her sister were invited to the 2011 JYP Japan Audition which were held in Osaka (19/11/2011) and Tokyo (25/11/2011). Momo passed the audition, her sister did not. Subsequently, she moved to South Korea to start her JYP traineeship on April 13 2012 together with TWICE's Sana.

In 2014, she appeared in the music video of Got7's "Stop Stop It" and the Japanese MV of Junho's "Feel". In the following year, s "R.O.S.E" and miss A's "Only You."

In 2015, Momo became a contestant on the reality girl group survival show, Sixteen. Originally, eliminated in the sixth episode of the series, she was brought back by JYP in the show's finale, due to him believing that her skills in dance and performance would complete his girl group, which was named Twice.

Career

Momo was given the roles of a supporting vocalist, sub-rapper and a main dancer in Twice. In October 2015, Twice made their debut with the single "Ooh-Aah", and rose to the title of 'The Nation's Girl Group'.

In the fall of 2016, Super Junior's Kim Hee-chul and Buzz singer Min Kyung-hoon released a digital single, "Sweet Dream", under SM Entertainment, with the music video starring Momo and the rest of the Knowing Bros cast.

Personal Life

On January 2, 2020, JYPE confirmed that Momo was dating Super Junior's Heechul.[1] On July 8, 2021, it was confirmed by both JYP Entertainment and Label SJ that the couple had broken up due to busy schedules.[2]

Filmography

Televison Shows

Music video appearances

Discography

Soundtrack

  • Participated in JYP Nation concert theme song - ENCORE. (2016)

Credits

◯ = Participates as writing/composer/producer, ✖ = Not participated as writing/composer/producer

Twice Discography

Album Song Writing Composer Producer Ref.
Summer Nights Shot Thru The Heart
Fancy You Hot
Feel Special Love Foolish
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Dance Performance

Pets

Video Gallery

References

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