BTS’s Suga is expected to enlist in the military this week, officials 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 service on September 22.”
South Korea requires men between the ages of 18 and 35 to sign up for a period of 18 to 21 months, provided they are physically fit.
Representatives first noted last year that BTS would have to commit in the coming months and that all seven members of the group would not be able to perform together again until 2025.
“There will be no official events on the day he assumes duty or enters training camp,” BIGHIT continued. “We kindly request fans not to visit Suga at his workplace during his official duties. Please convey your warm greetings and encouragement in your heart only.”
Representatives also warned fans about unauthorized tours or products.
“Please be careful not to be harmed by unauthorized tours or package products that illegally use the artist’s intellectual property,” BIGHIT added. “Our company will take appropriate action against attempts at commercial activities that make unauthorized use of the artist’s intellectual property.”
BIGHIT added: “We ask for your continued love and support for SUGA until he completes his service and returns. Our company will continue to endeavor to provide him with the necessary support during this time.”
For his part, Suga did a livestream on Weverse, which was translated by a follower. He told fans not to be sad about his signing and that he would be ready in 2025.
Suga released his solo album D-DAY under the name Agust D in April. He recently completed his Agust D-DAY tour.
In addition to Suga, BTS members Jin and J-Hope have also signed up.