BTS member Jin has officially started his mandatory military service in South Korea.
According to reports, the singer attended his entrance ceremony on Tuesday, which kicks off his 18-month duty.
Jin posted a message for his fans earlier on Weverse, saying, "Now, it's time for the curtain call."
The line is a reference from the game "League of Legends," recited specifically by the character Jhin.
"I wanted to [say] it when I go to the army," Jin added.
BTS members J-hope and V also posted a message to their eldest member on their Instagram.
"Let's be healthy and happy [bro]! I love you!" J-hope said, sharing photos with Jin, including the last meal they had together.
V meanwhile shared a concert video of the two of them on Instagram Stories, set to the music of Jin's "The Astronaut."
According to a TIME report, Jin will be staying for five weeks at a boot camp in Yeoncheon for basic military training. Afterwards, he will be given a role and be sent to an army unit.
The report added that only 20 to 30 fans showed up near the camp to send Jin off. This is after Big Hit Music asked supporters to refrain from being at the entrance ceremony.
The hashtags #SafeFlightOurAstronaut and #UntilWeMeetAgainJin and Seokjin, Jin’s real name, are also among the top trending topics on Philippine Twitter with over 500,000 tweets.
Prior to entering the military, Jin debuted his shaved head, saying it’s “cuter than I thought.”
Jin recently made his official solo debut with “The Astronaut,” co-written by Coldplay, which made it to music charts just shortly after its release.
Meanwhile, other BTS members are also set to fulfill the service. They are expected to reconvene as a group again around 2025. —Franchesca Viernes/JCB, GMA Integrated News