Let’s meet male celebrities who already joined or are about to join the army during their career peak.
The military service issue of male celebrities is always a hot topic that attracts huge public interest. It is because fans will not be able to meet their favorite celebrities for nearly two years, which is known as the mandatory military period. Stars who are about to enlist will also feel sad because they will also miss their fans for two years. In particular, it is more regretful for several singers and actors who have no choice but to enlist as soon as making big hits.
1. Actor Kang Tae-oh
Since the drama became a craze, Kang Tae-oh received countless love calls for movies, dramas, and CFs. However, he decided to cautiously manage his activities because he was already scheduled to join the army.
Fans of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” were deeply upset by the news of Kang Tae-oh, who was born in 1994 and has turned 29 years old this year, having to enlist soon after reaching his heyday.
Kang Tae-oh was recently seen wearing a military uniform and filming an advertisement for the sandwich brand Subway.
2. Actor Park Seo-ham
After leaving the group KNK, he had been carrying out activities without the management of any agency. He then signed an exclusive contract with NPIO Entertainment.
Fans who raised expectations for Park Seo-ham’s acting activities after the success of “Semantic Error” could not hide their regret and disappointment.
Even after joining the army, he drew fans’ excitement by continuing to show off his close friendship with DKZ member Park Jae-chan, his co-star in “Semantic Error”.
3. Singer Yoon Ji-sung
Former Wanna One member Yoon Ji-sung enlisted in the military in May 2019 after completing Wanna One activities on December 31, 2018.
Wanna One, a project boy group formed through Mnet’s survival show “Produce 101 Season 2”, enjoyed overwhelming popularity throughout their active period and made a big mark in the music industry.
As the leader of Wanna One, Yoon Ji-sung left a long and moving letter through his fan cafe before enlisting, touching many fans’ hearts.
Yoon Ji-sung was discharged from the military in December 2020. After that, he resumed his entertainment activities by singing an OST for Kakao TV’s web drama “Not Yet Thirty”.
4. Singer Kim Ho-joong
After gaining great popularity by appearing in TV Chosun’s “Mr. Trot”, which ended in March 2020, Kim Ho-joong enlisted in the army in September of the same year.
In the final episode of “Mr. Trot”, he ranked fourth place just behind Lim Young-woong, Young-tak, and Lee Chan-won.
Because of his popularity after the show, many fans were heartbroken when they heard the news that Kim Ho-joong, the ‘pick’ of many mothers thanks to his “reliable” appearance, was enlisting.
After being discharged from the military earlier this year, Kim Ho-joong successfully returned to the music industry. His 2nd full album “PANORAMA”, released on July 27th, sold about 682,600 copies within a week of its release.
5. Actor Lee Je-hoon
After finishing his role as Seung-min in the 2012 hit movie “Architecture 101”, Lee Je-hoon enlisted as a police officer in October 2012.
Lee Je-hoon, who was enjoying the heyday of his career at the time, expressed his feelings ahead of enlistment, saying, “Because of my busy schedule, I don’t feel like I’m about to enlist.” Lee Je-hoon continued his schedule until the day before he joined the army, showing extraordinary passion.
Since he was discharged from the military, Lee Je-hoon has actively engaged in dramas such as tvN’s “Signal” and the movie “I Can Speak”.