MONSTA X’s Shownu will fulfill his military duty with an alternative service.
Starship Entertainment, the management company, announced on the 10th, “Shownu will join the boot camp on the 22nd and start alternative service as a social service agent.”
Shownu was diagnosed with retinal detachment in his left eye in July of last year and was judged ineligible for active duty due to surgery.
The agency said, “In consideration of the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, the location and time of Shownu’s enlistment will be kept private, and we ask for your understanding that there will be no special events on the day of enlistment.” and “We ask for your warm support and encouragement for Shownu, who will faithfully fulfill his military service duties and come back in good health.”
Shownu directly informed his fans of his joining the boot camp through the fan cafe. Shownu said, “It seems like it’s only been a couple of days since I debuted, but it’s time to go to the army like this. Up until now, I’ve been working hard and having fun and hard times, and I’ve had meaningful and valuable times with the members and constantly with fans all along.”
He continued, “Thank you for allowing me to feel and experience many things while promoting with MONSTA X. I will repay them as much as I can, so I hope you will continue to have a good time with MONSTA X and Shownu.” and “Thank you so much for letting me know that I can live a new day every day.” he said goodbye.
Shownu also said, “I think I’m a happy person after all the good and bad lives have left. I think I’m a little anxious because I see people complaining lifelong after they’re not active just for a while.” and “Anyway, thank you, always be happy and healthy. I love you and see you soon.” He said.
The following is the full text of Starship Entertainment’s official position.
Good morning. This is Starship Entertainment.
We would like to inform you about the enlistment of our artist, MONSTA X, Shownu.
Shownu will join the boot camp on July 22 and receive basic military training for three weeks before starting alternative military service as a social service agent.
Shownu was diagnosed with retinal detachment in his left eye in July 2020 and was judged ineligible for active duty due to surgery.
In consideration of the spread of COVID-19, Shownu’s enlistment location and time will be private, and we ask for your understanding that there will be no special events on the day of his enlistment.
We ask for your warm support and encouragement for Shownu, who will faithfully fulfill his military service duties and return in good health. Thank you.