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EXO's Chen to start military service

By PhilSTAR L!fe Published Oct 16, 2020 4:19 am

EXO’s Chen has officially announced his enlistment to the military through a letter.

Soompi translated his letter that said, "Hello, this is Chen. Are you all doing well and staying healthy these days, when the daily temperature swings are especially severe?

The summer heat has passed, and in the blink of an eye, it’s already autumn. The reason I’m writing to all of you today is to inform you that I’ll be enlisting in the military on October 26 and to at least say goodbye to you through this letter.

During my time in service, I will do my utmost to fulfill my duties in good physical and mental health, so that I can show you growth and improvement when I return and greet you again. In that time, I hope that all of you will also stay as beautiful and healthy as you are now!!

I’m always grateful to you, and I love you."

Chen's management, SM Entertainment also confirmed the news saying, "It's true that Chen will enlist on October 26. The location and time of his enlistment will be kept private." 

Chen is the fourth member of EXO who joined the mandatory military service: Xiumin and D.O. signed up last year while Suho joined on May 14 this year.

In South Korea, male citizens—celebrities included—between the ages of 18 and 28 must conduct military service for at least 21 months. Some exceptions are made for classical musicians and athletes who win competitions abroad.

Photos from EXO Official's Instagram (@weareone.exo)