Dr. Romantic star Kim Min Jae is set to enlist in the military on Sept. 18.
His agency Nyam Nyam Entertainment announced the news on Wednesday, Sept. 6, as reported by South Korean news outlet Soompi.
“Kim Min Jae will be enlisting in the military on September 18 to fulfill his mandatory military service. We ask for your unwavering love and warm support until the day he returns in good health.” the agency said.
On the same day, the actor addressed his enlistment through his official fan cafe and said, “Today, I have something I want to tell you directly. Many of you may have been curious, but I will be enlisting in the military on September 18 to fulfill my mandatory service.”
“I will be joining the military band, and although I feel regret and sad at the thought of not being able to see you for a while, I am also excited and grateful to be able to experience and learn more through my military service," Min Jae continued.
“Thank you for the caring thoughts and concerns, I won’t forget it. I’ll return as a stronger and more enriched individual, and I’ll make sure to repay your love as actor Kim Min Jae," The 26-year-old Korean actor concluded.
Last April, Kim Min Jae announced in a press conference that Dr. Romantic season 3 would be his last project this year as Han Suk Kyu unintentionally revealed his plans to enlist.
"I think this will become the last project of my 20s," he said while noting that he'll enter the military within the year. "I thought that I needed more time to study my life. I'm looking forward to it as I believe it'll be a valuable time for self-development."
Kim Min Jae is best known for starring as nurse Park Eun-tak in Dr. Romantic. He won the New Star Ward for the said drama in the 2016 SBS Drama Awards. In addition to this, the actor won the Excellent Actor Award in the 2021 KBS Drama Awards for his role in the romantic comedy-drama Dali & Cocky Prince.