ASTRO’s MJ to Be Enlisted in The Military Next Month

MJ, the lead singer of ASTRO, has announced his imminent military enlistment, which will take place next month.

On 9th April, at the boyband’s fan meetup in SK Olympic Handball Stadium, Seoul, MJ delivered a sad speech in which he disclosed that he will begin his mandatory military service in exactly one month, on 9th May.

Image courtesy - Pinkvilla
Image courtesy – Pinkvilla

 “Today’s fan meeting is the last one before I enlist in the army,” the K-pop idol added in a clip captured by followers on Twitter. “I’m so sorry that I have to deliver this kind of news today, when we’re finally meeting in person for the first time in a long while.”

 “I was so happy to meet AROHA (ASTRO’s fanbase) for the first time in a long while, and I will return as a cooler and more mature version of myself,” added MJ. “So please enjoy our fan meeting up until the very end today, and please take good care of my fellow ASTRO members.”

Image courtesy - NME
Image courtesy – NME

Following MJ’s announcement, Fantagio Music released an official statement regarding the idol’s enlistment, adding that the star would be taking on a role in the military band upon the completion of his basic training.

“In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the time and place of MJ’s enlistment will not be made public,” added the agency. “We ask for fans’ generous understanding in this regard. We ask that you give your unsparing support to ASTRO’s MJ, who will return in good health after diligently fulfilling his military duty.”

Image Courtesy - NME
Image Courtesy – NME

The boyband’s members, Moonbin and Sanha made their comeback last month with their second mini-album, ‘REFUGE,’ which included the title tune ‘WHO’ added other sources.

 “Our top priority this year is to be with the fans, and to meet them face-to-face,” said Sanha during a recent interview with NME. “We’ll be seeing our fans in Korea soon, and hopefully internationally as well.”

— Aditi Manjunath