Se7en “2NE1 promised to visit me in the army”
Korean singer Se7en has proudly enlisted in the Korean army, while his dedicated fans from Japan and China came to get a glimpse of the star who will be away from the entertainment scene for the next two years.
Se7en entered a boot camp located in Uijeongbu City in Korea on March 19 to fulfill his five-week military training and serve as an active-duty soldier for the next 21 months.
The 28-year-old singer was admitted to the 306th draft, where countless Korean youngsters have burst into tears or pretended to be okay, in the midst of much media attention.
After hours of waiting, the big black van came to a front yard of the boot camp and when the R&B singer, donning all black outfits and a baseball cap, stepped out of the vehicle, flash lights from reporters and loud shouts from some 100 fans burst out simultaneously.
“I happened to be the first one to enlist in the army from YG Entertainment, so everyone at YG gathered together last week and gave me a farewell party. It was a very pleasant and happy time,” the singer said about how his firm treated him as the first artist to serve the mandatory military service.
At the reporters’ request, the “When I Can’t Sing” singer bashfully unveiled his freshly-cut short hair after he told them the self-cutting experience was “very cool.”
He also mentioned the possibility of a girl group visiting him in the military, raising expectations of 600 thousand Korean soldiers currently doing their military duty.
“My close friends 2NE1 promised me to visit me in the army. To tell you the truth, my labelmates Gummy and Dara of 2NE1 accompanied me here. It is so nice of them to do so. We had lunch together a while ago, and it gave me a lot of confidence,” said the YG artist.
After expressing his gratitude to his fans from abroad, Se7en made a resolution that, “I’ll do my best as a soldier Choi Dong-wook [his real name] not as the singer Se7en for following 21 months. I hope you stay healthy and happy until I come back as Se7en again.”
“Thank U,” his last song before joining the army, was released on YouTube the same day with a compilation video of his ten years of activities.