Infinite Sungyeol Posts Touching Handwritten Letter Ahead of Enlistment

Infinite Sungyeol, who is set to enlist early next week, revealed his short hair and a handwritten letter to fans on social media.

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Infinite member Sungyeol showed off his new short hairstyle in a picture he posted on social media on Friday. His new short locks, a hairstyle that is mandatory for all soldiers, signals that it is almost time for the singer to enlist in the military.

Enlistment can be a difficult time for celebrities who are forced to put their careers on hold and their fans for the same reason. Understanding this, Sungyeol posted a handwritten letter alongside the photo of himself.

In the touching letter, the singer talked about debuting, the creation of the group’s fandom name, and the memories they created together. “It’s been nine years since I made my debut in 2010 and met you all under the name ‘Infinite,” he wrote. “We’ve been through a lot, haven’t we? The day we got our “Inspirit” name, the day of our first fan meeting, the first time we ranked no.1 on a music show, and my first solo concert,” he reminisced, “I had so many memories!”

“I’ll take these happy memories that I made with you all, and I’ll keep them in my heart,” Sungyeol wrote. “Thank you so much for being with Infinite this whole time, and I love you. I’ll be healthy and will return.”

The singer will go through basic training for five weeks before being assigned a permanent position for at least the next year and a half.

 

 

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Former Infinite Member Hoya to Enlist This Week

Hoya, who left Infinite to embark on a solo career, is planning to join the army later this week.

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Hoya (real name Lee Ho-won), a former member of boy group Infinite, will join the military on February 7. The singer made the announcement on Tuesday with a handwritten letter he posted on his fan cafe. In the letter, he wrote that he would be “joining the army after the Lunar New Year holiday.”

Additionally, the singer also apologized for the sudden news, saying that he is joining “because it is my duty as a citizen” and that he will be more mature afterward. With South Korea technically still at war with its northern counterpart, all non-disabled men in the country are required to serve an average of two years in the military.

Meanwhile, Hoya debut as an original member of Infinite in 2010. However, in 2017, he decided not to renew his contract and is currently working as a solo singer and actor.

 

 

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MeloMance’s Agency Responds to Disbandment Rumors

MeloMance’s agency denies the disbandment rumor and clarifies its origin.

On October 22, a source from MeloMance’s agency explained the cause of the group’s disbandment rumors.

The source reported, “the group performed at the 2018 GMF yesterday. The members only said it was their last performance because they weren’t sure when they will be able to meet with fans in a live environment again due to military enlistment. Naturally, the announcement was blown way out of proportion.”

The day prior, the male duo got involved in disbandment rumors when Jeong Dong-Hwan announced that the performance at the 2018 GMF was their last before they take a break from activities. Following the concert, Kim Min-Seok took to Instagram to add a comment, which seemed to back up Jeong’s prior statement. The singer deleted the post afterwards.

At the end, the agency reaffirmed that the disbandment rumors are false. The source continued, “we do not have planned live performance schedules for the duo anymore. However, MeloMance still have tracks and OST’s left that will be released very soon.”

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Rapper Don Mills Enlists in the Military as Active Soldier

Rapper Don Mills has begun his duty as an active soldier!

On October 7, Deepflow, who represents the hip hop record label Vismajor Company as its CEO, announced that rapper Don Mills will enlist in the military on the following day. On his Instagram account, Deepflow said, “Don Mills has released his last single before enlisting in the military. The single “TIME” is now available on various music websites.”

He continued, “We ask that you continue to send your love and encouragement while the rapper completes his duty as an active soldier.”

Meanwhile, Don Mills debuted as an official rapper in 2013. Afterwards, he gathered much attention from all hip hop lovers for various hit tracks. With “88” and “Kang Baek-Ho,” the rapper solidified his place in the domestic hip hop scene.

Recently, he gained recognition from the public when he appeared as the rap trainer for Mnet’s survival audition program “Produce 101” Season 2.

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Singer Jo Kwon is Set to Begin His Military Service Today

Singer Jo Kwon leaves a strong impression ahead of his military enlistment.

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Singer Jo Kwon is set to being his mandatory military service today (August 6 KST). His agency, Cube Entertainment said that the singer requested to enlist quietly without any special event. As such, they have decided to keep the time and place where Jo will join private.

The day before on August 5, Jo released a series of pictures on his Instagram with one featuring him getting his hair cut. In another photo, the singer left a handwritten message for his fans.

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In the letter, Jo wrote that his “third life chapter begins,” that he is “more excited than ever,” and looking forward to his time in the army. Lastly, he asks fans to wait for him and his group 2AM for just a bit longer.

Jo Kwon debuted in 2008 with the ballad-based group 2AM, a brother group to 2PM, under JYP Entertainment. Four years later, the singer made his solo debut with Animal where he explored various genres.

However, after 16 years with JYP Entertainment, Jo decided to go to a different management company in November of last year.

 

 

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Former BEAST Member Jang Hyun-Seung Begins Military Service

Singer Jang Hyun-seung enlisted on Tuesday.

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Today, July 24, former BEAST member Jang Hyun-seung will enlist and get basic training for five weeks before starting his permanent role for the next two years. Further, according to Jang’s wishes, his agency decided to arrange a opted to conduct the event privately.

Earlier this month, the singer announced that he would be joining the military on the 24th once a warrant was issued. Since then, Jang slowly and quietly preparing for his upcoming service.

Jang is a former member of idol boy group BEAST until he left in 2016 and is the only one from the group remaining at Cube Entertainment. On the other hand, the other member moved to Around Us Entertainment where they re-debuted at the group HIGHLIGHT. Currently, Jang operated as a solo artist.

Moreover, with his enlistment, Jang joins the wave of second-generation idol singers who are fulfilling their mandatory service. Following Jang, CNBLUE Lee Jung-shin and Kang Min-hyuk will also enter the army on the 31st. Further, 2AM Jo Kwon is expected to enlist early next month.

 

 

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Actor Jang Keun-Suk Begins His Military Service Under A Cloud of Controversy

Actor Jang Keun-Suk will enlist today, but a previous controversy hangs over the event.

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Starting today (July 16) actor Jang Keun-suk will enlist and begin basic training for social service personnel. After completing this, the actor will begin alternative service as a social worker for the next two years.

Hanging over the significant event is a cloud of controversy and speculation regarding Jang’s alternative service. Earlier this month, his agency TreeJ Company that he would serve as a social service agent because of bipolar disorder, a mental illness that disqualifies him from active duty.

According to the company, Jang was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder at a university hospital in 2011. Moreover, by request for re-examination by the Military Manpower Administration, Jang was confirmed to still be suffering from the illness and was classified as a four-grade social service worker. However, some netizens speculated that the real reason behind his placement harkened back to an old law regarding only sons.

Before, the military excused men without siblings from serving as active soldiers. In response, the Military Manpower Administration debunked the rumors asserting that South Korea revoked the policy in 1994. Unfortunately, that has not stopped some from continuing to speculate.

Fortunately, Jang seems to be unbothered for the most part. In a message to fans, the actor said that from now on he wants to “spend my two years like they are the most meaningful time in my life,” and that in the 27 years since he made his debut as a child he has never really had a chance to be by himself. As such, for the first time, he will be able to live life outside of being an actor, making the experience exciting and refreshing.

Meanwhile, Jang will complete his military service on July 15, 2020.

 

 

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Super Junior’s Ryeowook Returns to Society After Completing Military Service

Super Junior’s Ryeowook finishes his military and comes back straight to the open arms of his members and fans!

On July 10, Ryeowook was discharged from the military after carrying out his mandatory duty for 2 years. To celebrate, the singer stood in front of his fans and the press at a nearby park and talked about his experience in the military, as well as his future plans.

At the park, about 300 fans awaited the singer. In addition, his fellow Super Junior members also came out to greet him, including Donghae, Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, and Choi Siwon.

The singer said, “hello. I have returned from Sergeant Kim Ryeowook to ordinary Kim Ryeowook, and ordinary Kim Ryeowook to Super Juinor’s Ryeowook. I thank you guys for coming all the way here. Now that I have returned, I will put my fullest efforts into being a member of Super Junior. Please look forward to our future promotions.”

When Leeteuk asked which girl group gave him the most energy, Ryeowook answered “there are too many. Whenever our members appeared on TV, my colleagues would turn to a different channel. But they wouldn’t do it when I was around. I saw lots of Red Velvet, TWICE, BLACKPINK, Momoland, AOA, and (g)i-dle. I want to see them in real life, and I’ll take care of them as a senior singer.”

Furthermore, Ryeowook said traveling with his members is something he wanted to do the most once he returned to society. He said, “we’ve been to Germany, Italy, and Greece. I want to travel with my members. Also, I sang a lot during choir in military, but I really want to sing on stage as a member of Super Junior.”

He also commented, “I went to bed at 10 PM last night, and woke up at 2 AM. I thought it was 6 in the morning already, so I wanted to do some facial stretching to look good in front of cameras. But I fell back asleep.”

When asked if the singer thought he had finally become a real man, he said, “I wanted to. However, another member has already taken care of that, so I’ll say my first hello with my voice.”

At the end, he concluded the conference by jokingly saying he will remember the members who did not come today. Ryeowook concluded, “thank you for coming all the way to Jeunpyeong County. As I have safely returned, I will sing more to compensate for the time I missed while in military.”

On October 11, 2016, Ryeowook enlisted in the military as an active soldier, and was assigned to the military choir. He was the 10th member of Super Junior to enlist, followed by Kyuhyun enlisting last May. The singer plans to carry out his first official schedule, when he meets his fan through his fan meeting “Return to the Little Prince” on July 12.

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JYPE Denies Reports of 2PM Jun.K Suffering From Facial Nerve Paralysis

JYPE clarified the reports about 2PM Jun.K suffering from facial nerve paralysis are false.

On June 7, one news media reported Jun.K, who is currently in the basic military training, suffered from facial nerve paralysis. At the time, JYPE stated, “it’s hard to confirm the news since it has happened in the military. However, once we are able to confirm, we will release the official statement.”

According to the earlier reports, Jun.K received a facial surgery in April, before he enlisted in the military on May 8. However, it was unclear whether this alleged paralysis developed as a result of his surgery or a possible accident that occurred during his military training.

Later that day, JYPE released an official statement that denied the reports.

The following is the statement from JYP Entertainment:

Hello, this is JYPE.

We have confirmed with Jun.K himself, regarding the earlier reports about him.

After enlisting in the military, Jun.K felt a pain in his shoulders and has received treatment for it. However, besides that, he has no problems health-wise and is currently going through training in good conditions.

After his enlistment in May, he was chosen as a platoon leader recruit and achieved great results on all of his exams. As a result, he even received complimentary opportunities to call his 2PM members and is overall living an exemplary military life.

Lastly, we express our gratitude towards our fans who have always supported and thought of Jun.K

Thank you.

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2PM Taecyeon Spotted by Fans While in Military Uniform

The recent status of soldier Ok Taekyeon has been revealed.

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2PM’s Taecyeon was recently spotted in Goyang, Gyeonggi province by fans. In the pictures posted by fans on Instagram, the singer is wearing a beret with his military uniform, showing a strong physique.

One netizen noted that even in uniform the 2PM member looked “very cool” and very handsome. Further, another witnessed the singer walking past a group of students who screamed when they recognized him. In response, he “cutely told them to be quiet.”

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Ok Taecyeon was the first member of boy group 2PM to join the army. Currently, he is serving as a training battalion assistant to the army’s 9th Infantry Division.

 

 

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