K-pop star Kai, a member of the popular group EXO, has officially begun his mandatory military service. The news came as a surprise to many fans, who were looking forward to the group’s next comeback. Kai will serve as a public worker after receiving basic training at a military center.
Kai’s agency, SM Entertainment, released a statement explaining the sudden decision to enlist. According to the statement, the recent change in regulations of the Military Manpower Administration forced the K-pop star to begin his military service earlier than expected.
“In respect of Kai’s intention to enlist quietly, his enlistment location and time will not be revealed, and there will be no special event on the day of, so we ask for the understanding of fans,” the statement read.
Despite the sudden announcement, EXO members gathered to send off their colleague, posing for a photo and wishing him a safe return. In the picture, Kai can be seen sporting a buzz cut, a common hairstyle for soldiers undergoing military training.
Kai’s military service is expected to last for two years, during which time he will be unable to perform with his group. Fans have expressed their disappointment at the news, but also their support for Kai and his decision to fulfill his mandatory service.
EXO, one of the most successful K-pop groups, debuted in 2012 and has amassed a large following both in South Korea and internationally. The group is known for their intricate dance routines and catchy pop songs, and has won numerous awards throughout their career.
While Kai is away, fans will be eagerly anticipating the group’s next album release and performances, but for now, the focus is on supporting the K-pop star as he embarks on this new chapter in his life.