Oh honey no...
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25 Jan 2018 - 11:15 AM  UPDATED 25 Jan 2018 - 11:21 AM

In a recent interview Zhang Yixing, actual angel and lover of balance, revealed the meaning of his EXO stage name, Lay, and you really can't make this up.

Turns out Lay sounds the same as the Chinese word 'Lei', meaning 'tired'.

 

Yixing talks about it in an English translation below:

"Do you know what my stage name is? It's LAY. (Note: Lay sounds the same as the word Lei, meaning tired in Chinese)See, it's really this. Why did they give me this name, Lay? It's very interesting, I didn't have a choice in this matter. At that time the company (preparing for debut), they said they think the name Lay is not bad. I asked why. They said in "Meteor Garden/Boys Over Flowers/Hana Yori Dango" there is a character called Huaze Lei, who is quiet and doesn't say much, but plays the violin and is talented and likes music quite a bit. At that time how could I think much? Sure, as long as I can debut, sure sure, you guys do what you want, I'm fine, I'm fine with it. I didn't think it'd become an attribute I can't shake off, 'tired'" (Source)

We guess being a super successful singer, songwriter, dancer, variety show star and idol show judge could be tiring? Tbh, we'd rather think of Lay as the self-proclaimed lead sheep in China.


 

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