Chen of South Korean boy band EXO announced through a handwritten letter his plans to enlist in the military on October 26.
The announcement came a day after the group’s main vocalist, whose real name Kim Jong-dae, released his digital single “Hello.”
“The reason I’m writing to all of you today is to inform you that I’ll be enlisting in the military on October 26 and to at least say goodbye to you through this letter,” Chen wrote in a letter posted on the official fan page of EXO and translated by Korean media Soompi.
“During my time in service, I will do my utmost to fulfill my duties in good physical and mental health, so that I can show you growth and improvement when I return and greet you again. In that time, I hope that all of you will also stay as beautiful and healthy as you are now!!” the 28-year-old singer said, before telling his fans that he loved them.
Chen will be the fourth member of EXO to fulfill his mandatory military service, following Xiumin, D.O., and Suho.