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In Focus: Why We Stan EXO's Lay

In Focus: Why We Stan EXO's Lay

 

 

Born in Changsa, Hunan province, Zhang Yixing known as EXO's Lay is currently the only Chinese member of the group and currently pursuing his solo endeavors. With his impressive musical chops and charming persona, this 27-year-old idol has become one of the most anticipated artist this year. As proof, Lay debuted in the U.S. with his solo album "NAMANANA" and has been appearing on various shows overseas, meeting his international fans, and even gracing the cover of Rolling Stone India.

Considering his singing, dancing, and producing skills, it's quite obvious why he's a hot star right now. But as OG fans of this EXO member, we've seen his journey from the start, and here's a list of why we'll always stan this massively talented yet adorably grounded idol.

1. His relationship with the other EXO members is so pure.

We all know that Lay was away from his EXO members for years since he got his schedule so packed in China, making it difficult for him to go back and forth and continue being a K-pop idol. And through these years of torture for OT9 stans, Lay never forgot to thank and mention EXO whenever he gets the chance. He still promotes the group's activities in his social media accounts and had also been supporitve of the members' individual endeavors Even as he promotes his solo album, he constantly says that he will always be there for his brothers. EXO and EXO-Ls love you, Yixing!

 
 
 
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2. He's an outstanding EXO member, but he's also dynamic as a solo artist.

Besides his godly looks, Lay also has the ability to sing, dance, act, write, and produce music, making him a true multi-talented artist! From the group's song "EXO 2014" to his 2017 Chinese web-drama Operation Love's song "Prayer", Lay shows he's a pro in his craft. He even won a Best Producer award at the 2018 Chinese Top Ten Music Awards. His solo career began when he released the song "What U Need?" and although this is just a surprise gift for his fans on his birthday, the song reached the number four spot on the Billboard's World Digital Song and entered the top 60 on the US iTunes chart which made him the first Chinese artist to do so. And in 2016, Lay finally released his first solo EP, "Lose Control" which topped in China and South Korea. His first studio album "Lay 02 Sheep" made him the first Chinese singer to be at the top 10 of the iTunes Worldwide Albums Chart. Now, our dear Yixing is also smashing charts with his album "NAMANANA"!

 
 
 
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3. He's a philanthrophist.

Described as one of the most helpful members of EXO, it's no surprise that Lay is a philanthropist: someone who advocates for good causes and simply makes the world a better place. In 2015, Lay established his own foundation called "Zhang Yixing Arts Scholarship" to provide scholarship at his alma mater Hunan Masters College Middle School that would encourage the youth to pursue their dreams. He has also donated undisclosed amounts to welfare funding projects like Weibo's public welfare funding project for poor families and donated 15 ambulances at the 2017 BAZAAR Stars' Charity Night. He is also the first celebrity to be appointed as the publicity ambassador of the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) of Changsha! 

 
 
 
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4. He has an 8D personality.

What we love most about Lay is that he doesn't try hard to make us and the people around him laugh. He's just effortlessly hilarious because of his 8D personality which is why fans describe him as a true-blooded alien who's just here on Earth to make us laugh! From mispronouncing a lot of Korean words to just doing weird things all of a sudden, Lay is a true gift of joy to us. One of his funniest moments was when the group was at a photo wall, and he just walked away because he thought that they're already done, not realizing that his members were not behind him. They just laughed it off and let him walk away. His members also shared that he has a habit of touching their butts!

 
 
 
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5. He always kills everyone with kindness.

A gentle, kind, and understanding soul—that's what his members, fans, and other idols usually say when it comes to talking about Lay. He had been judged a lot, but he doesn't say anything against them. Whenever we see him in interviews and guestings, Lay always has this big smile on his face and ready to make everyone happy with his little jokes. He always takes the time to read fan letters before his flight, lets his fans have physical contact with him during his fan meetings, is a gentleman towards his co-stars, translates for EXO whenever they're in China, and encourages everyone to be kind. He would never think twice in helping other people, especially his members. 

 
 
 
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We could go on and on about how amazing Lay is, but this article would already be too long for you to read. All we want to say is that he's currently one of the most respectable idol because he definitely deserves all the love he's getting right now! That's why we hope people appreciate him more and more because he's too precious for this world. We're so proud of you, Lay oppa!

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