BTS’s Suga will report for mandatory military service this week, representatives said Sunday.
“We have more information about Suga’s military service,” BIGHIT Music posted on the South Korean app Weverse. “Suga will begin his mandatory military service on September 22.”
South Korea requires men between the ages of 18 and 35 to register for a period of 18 to 21 months if they are physically fit.
Reps first noted last year that BTS would have to sign up in the coming months and that all seven members of the group wouldn’t be able to perform together again until 2025.
“There will be no official events on the day he enlists or on the day he enters training camp,” BIGHIT continued. “We kindly ask fans not to visit Suga at his workplace during his time on duty. Please convey your warmest greetings and encouragement in your hearts only.”
The representatives also warned fans about unauthorized tours or products.
“Please note that you will not be adversely affected by unauthorized tours or package products that illegally use the artist’s intellectual property,” BIGHIT added. “Our company will take appropriate action against attempted commercial activities that make unauthorized use of artists’ intellectual property.”
BIGHIT added: “We ask for your continued love and support for SUGA until he completes his service and returns. Our company will also strive to provide him with all the support he needs during this time.”
For his part, Suga did a livestream on Weverse that was translated by a follower. He told fans not to be sad about his appointment and that he would be done in 2025.
Suga released his solo album D-DAY in April under the name Agust D. He recently wrapped up his Agust D-DAY tour.
In addition to Suga, BTS members Jin and J-Hope have also signed up.