J-Hope, one of the members of the popular South Korean band BTS, begins his military service today, according to music industry sources cited by the Yonhap agency.
J-Hope, whose real name is Jung Ho-seok, thus becomes the second member of the group to complete military service – compulsory in South Korea for all men – after Jin, the oldest member of BTS. who joined ranks last December.
The sources consulted indicated that J-Hope will begin today a five-week training program at an Army camp in the province of Gangwon (northeast of the country). The agency that represents the band, BigHit Music, has not shared on this occasion the place or the dates on which the artist will begin his military service.
Yes, it did in the case of Jin, but it asked the band’s fans to please not show up at the facilities to avoid crowds just two months after the tragic human avalanche that cost more than 150 lives in Seoul during the celebrations of Halloween.
On the eve, J-Hope, 29, made a post on the Weverse social network in which he wrote “I love you ARMYs (name given to BTS followers), I’ll be back.”
The artist also shared four photos – in one of them he appears accompanied by Jimin, another member of the group – in which he wears a regulation military haircut. Taking into account that military service in the Army lasts 18 months, J-Hope is expected to complete his service around November 2024.
BTS announced last summer that it would be taking a break until at least 2025, a period that its seven members would use to focus on personal projects and perform military service.