LOOK: BTOB gets emotional on Hyun-sik and Sung-jae’s send-off to military service
Korean boy group BTOB’s members Im Hyun-sik and Yook Sung-jae have officially enlisted for their mandatory military service in Korea today, May 11.
Sung-jae and Hyun-sik will be joining the military alongside their fellow Cube Entertainment labelmate, PENTAGON’s Jinho, plus EXO’s Suho and Block B’s U-Kwon. They will all temporarily leave their respective bands to fulfill their duties.
The remaining BTOB members, namely Peniel Shin and Jung Il-hoon, will be on hiatus since their co-members Lee Chang-sub and Lee Min-hyuk have already been enlisted.
Meanwhile, their group leader Seo Eun-kwang was discharged last April as he completed his mandatory service and is set to make a solo comeback with a new solo album to be released sometime in June.
Prior to Sung-jae’s enlistment, he had to leave SBS’s variety show “Master in the House”. He was also able to celebrate his 25th birthday last May 2 and shared with fans his photos the following day via Instagram, where he finally announced his decision to join the military.
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안녕하세요 성재입니다. 우선!어제 저의 생일을 축하해주신 모든 멜로디 여러분 너무너무 감사드립니다!(sns,생일광고,이벤트 등 다 찾아봤어요!!^^) 어떻게 이야기를 꺼내야할지 고민하다가 너무 깊은 고민과 생각과는 거리가 멀기에 조금이라도 먼저 직접 얘기하는게 맞을것같아서 글을 올립니다. 많이들 놀라시겠지만 5월11일부로 군입대를 결정하게 되었습니다! 갑작스런 통보에 놀라신 분들도 계실거고 걱정하시는 분들도 많이 계시겠지만, 지금까지 멜로디분들이 이뻐해주신것만 봐도 나는 어딜가도 이쁨받을수있고 씩씩하게 지낼수있겠구나!라는 자신감이 생겨서 전혀 걱정도 없고!!! 맘 편히 다녀올수 있을것 같습니다!ㅎ 연이은 비투비멤버들의 군입대에 어쩔수없는 공백기가 생기지만 우리 멜로디분들이 기다려주시니까 저희 비투비는 더더욱 다시 만날 날만을 꿈꾸며 힘내고 있습니다!! 이제 며칠남지 않았지만 가기전에 꼭 멜로디들과 소통할수있는 라방도 하구, 슬슬 맏형들도 나오고, 쌍갑포차도 곧 방영될 예정이니 조금만 참고 기다려주시면 금방 비투비 멜로디 다같이 볼날이 오겠죠!! 지금까지도 항상 너무 고맙고, 앞으로도 많은 응원 부탁드리겠습니다!! 더욱 멋진 모습으로 여러분에게 나타날 그날까지 건강하고 행복한 하루하루 보내고 있기를 바라며 6성재가.ADVERTISEMENT
“There will be people who are surprised at this sudden information, as well as people who are concerned, but because of how much love I’ve received until now from Melodies, I have the confidence that I will receive love and be happy and healthy no matter where I am! I’m not worried! I will be able to go with a comfortable mindset,” Sungjae said in his post on May 3.
Shortly after Sungjae’s announcement, Hyunsik wrote a letter posted once again on his Instagram page, where he bid farewell to his fans.
“I will return after growing into an even cooler man for Melody and BTOB and one that will make you more proud. I hope all of you won’t worry and please be healthy and happy while dreaming of the day we can be together,” he assured his fans. “Like how Melody is the tune that’s always in my head, I will always be inside of your hearts. Thank you and I love you.”
He also showed a selfie via his Instagram Stories, saying, “I love you, Melody” with blue heart emojis.
BTOB fans called “Melodies” charted in Twitter trends today, as they have been sharing series of photos and videos of the BTOB members. The boys turned emotional sending off their brothers Hyun-sik and Sung-jae.
— 성재육쁨 (@stella_6_) May 11, 2020
I forgot Btob now live separately so i think they promised to meet at training camp and spend some times there before send off Sungjae and Hyunsik
Arrival order: Eunkwang – Hyunsik – Ilhoon Peniel – Sungjae pic.twitter.com/cxEpzfpEG3
— 🌌💙BornAsBie💙🌌 (@bielovescube_) May 11, 2020
eunkwang, peniel & btob’s manager sending off sungjae and hyunsik…. my heart hurts 💔 pic.twitter.com/tozSa1FmqC
— 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚢. 𝚝𝚒𝚗ㅣ𝟾 𝚈𝙴𝙰𝚁𝚂 𝚆𝙸𝚃𝙷 𝙱𝚃𝙾𝙱 (@btobxmelody_) May 11, 2020
The K-pop idols will undergo basic military training for four weeks, Soompi reported, before serving as active-duty soldiers. JB
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