Actor, singer and BTOB member Yook Sung-jae announced that he will enlist in the military on May 11. He made the announcement on his Instagram post on May 3, the day after his birthday.
He first thanked the BTOB’s fandom, Melody. The young actor just turned 25. He told his fans that he checked everything that his fans posted for him, including the social media posts and events.
“Thank you so much for all the melodies that celebrated my birthday yesterday! I looked at all the messages, birthday ads, and events,” he said. He proceeded to say that he wanted to talk to his fans through his post.
“You may be surprised, but I decided to join the army on May 11,” he said.
Yook first made the announcement on joining the army when he left the variety show “All the Butlers.” He’s been a founding cast member of the show since 2017 along with Lee Seung-gi, Yang Se-hyung and Lee Sang-yun.
Seung-gi promised Yook that he can return to the show anytime he wants. His fellow actor even said that no one can replace Yook in the show.
Yook said that the announcement may come suddenly and worry a lot of people. But he said that the fans continuously give him strength and confidence. Their continuous love for him eases all his worries.
He said that it is inevitable that the Melodies will have to wait until BTOB becomes complete again. The members themselves are dreaming of the day until they meet their fans again, he said.
Changsub and Lee Min-hyuk are currently doing their military service. Yook has been the leader of the group in the absence of Eunkwang and Min-hyuk. He relinquished the leadership role when Eunkwang finished his military service on April 7.
Yook released his first solo album “Yook O’Clock” on March 2. The actor said that he will continue to communicate with the fans through live broadcasts before enlistment.
His drama, Mystic Pop-up Bar” will premier on May 20.
“Thank you so much always, and Iask for your continued support in the future. I hope you stay healthy and happy every day,” Yook said.