EXO star D.O. has confirmed he will be enlisting in the military on 1 July.
The 26-year-old could reportedly legally delay his enlistment until 2021.
However, this week, it was reported that the K-pop star was voluntarily beginning his mandatory military service this summer.
And now, SM Entertainment has confirmed D.O. will enlist as an active duty soldier in just over a month.
A statement from the agency read: D.O. has received a summons for mandatory service for this July 1, and he plans to enlist accordingly.
The For Life singer shared a letter on EXOs fanclub site, saying: Hello, this is D.O. of EXO.
EXO-Ls, the sudden news must have been surprising for everyone right?
I wanted to first share the news [with you], so I have a heavy heart because I feel like its a little late. Im posting this letter because I wanted to let you know that as much as this decision was made after lots of consideration, I will return [after serving] healthily and safely.
I sincerely thank EXO-Ls, who are always supportive, and I hope that everyone will always be healthy and have [days] that are filled with things that make you laugh. I will carefully serve and return to greet you all with a healthy image.
D.O., real name Doh Kyung-soo, has asked that his enlistment location and time be kept private.
Earlier this month, D.O.s EXO bandmate Xiumin – the eldest of the group at age 29 – enlisted in the armed forces on 7 May.
Judging by their ages, Suho will possibly enlist by next year, while Chanyeol, Chen and Baekhyun are expected to enlist by 2021.
Finally, Kai and Sehun, both born in 1994, will have to enlist by 2023 – meaning EXO may not be back together as a full group unil 2025.
As well as taking a break from EXO as part of his mandatory draft, D.O. will be taking some time out from acting, after starring iRead More – Source