Wu Yi Fan (Chinese: 吴亦凡, pronounced [ǔ î fân]; born 6 November 1990), known professionally as Kris Wu, is a Chinese Canadian singer, actor, record producer, and model. He is a former member of South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo and its subgroup Exo-M under SM Entertainment, before leaving the group in 2014.
Wu is active as a solo artist and actor in Mainland China and has starred in several No. 1 box office hits including Mr. Six (2015) and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017), which are among the highest-grossing Chinese films of all time in China. He made his Hollywood debut in XXX: Return of Xander Cage (2017).
Li Jiaheng (Chinese: 李嘉恒; pinyin: Lǐ Jiāhéng) was born on 6 November 1990 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China to Stacey Yu Wu (born Wu Xiuqin; Chinese: 吴秀芹; pinyin: Wú Xiùqín) and Li Kaiming (Chinese: 李开明; pinyin: Lǐ Kāimíng). His parents divorced when he was a toddler and he was raised solely by his mother.
At the age of 10, he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with his mother. He returned to China at the age of 14 and attended Guangzhou No. 7 Middle School for a brief period, after which he and his mother went back to Vancouver, where he attended Point Grey Secondary School and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School under the name Kevin Li. At the age of 17, his legal name was changed to Wu Yi Fan (Chinese: 吴亦凡; pinyin: Wú Yìfán).
At the age of 18, Wu auditioned for SM Entertainment‘s Canadian global auditions, which were held in Vancouver; after passing the auditions, he became a trainee for the company and was offered a role in Exo in 2012.
On 17 February 2012, Wu was introduced as the eleventh member of Exo. In April 2012, Exo made their debut and quickly became one of the most popular K-pop groups in South Korea and internationally, achieving commercial success with their studio album XOXO and their hit song “Growl” in 2013. The album became the first album by a Korea-based artist in twelve years to sell over one million copies, and is the 12th best selling album of all time in Korea. Before leaving the group, Wu was featured on Exo’s Overdose album, which was released in May 2014 and became the best selling album of 2014 in South Korea.