Just like Singapore, every able-bodied male in South Korea between 18 to 35 have to serve mandatory military service for 21 months.
We have said our goodbyes and sent many idols including hallyu star Kim Soo Hyun off to serve their nation. This time, it is F.T. Island’s lead singer Lee Hong Ki’s turn to put on the uniform. 😢
In one of his IG posts, Lee said: “I didn’t mean to make a fuss, but since it already became like this, I have to upload the photos!!! Good luck [to us] on the final performance tomorrow!!!!!”
To document his remaining days as a free man until he enlists in the military, Lee took photos with fans who came to bid farewell as well as those who supported him backstage for his musical “I Loved You”.
Kim Soo Hyun and Park Shin Hye Shows Support
Besides his fans, Lee also received wonderful support from his bowling buddy and celebrity friend Kim Soo Hyun, both of whom posed in a series of cheeky photos ‘saluting’ each other.
On September 29, Park Shin Hye, Lee’s co-star in the 2009 hit drama You’re Beautiful shared a series of photos she took with Lee backstage.
“Come back safely, friend. I also enjoyed the performance, Hong Ki.”
Lee Hong Ki is now an active duty soldier at a recruit training center in Yanggu County in the Gangwon province.
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