In their preparation for the 2022 comeback, ASTRO member and main vocalist MJ suddenly announces the enlistment date of his military service. Will he still participate in ASTRO upcoming comeback activities?
ASTRO Member and Main Vocalist MJ Emotionally Announced Enlistment Date for Military Service Amid 2022 Comeback Preparation
Kpop fans, the time for ASTRO main vocalist and eldest hyung, MJ (Kim Myung Jun), to temporarily bid farewell to his fans is apparently coming soon. Amid the high excitement and hectic preparation for their upcoming comeback in 2022, ASTRO MJ has announced the enlistment date for his military service.
On April 9, 3rd gen Kpop diamonds ASTRO conducted a fan meeting for the celebration of their 6th-anniversary debut at SK Olympic Handball Stadium, Seoul. Towards the end of the fan meeting, ASTRO member and main vocalist MJ suddenly went emotional with tearful eyes and a breaking voice. Then, he suddenly revealed that the fan meeting was his last before his military enlistment.
“I’m so sorry, but today’s fan meeting is the last one before I enlist in the military.”ASTRO MJ.
When is MJ Military Enlistment Date?
Further in the announcement, ASTRO MJ elaborate that he would be enlisting for the military service in early May. He made a promise to his fans that he would return as an improved and more mature version of himself. And as the eldest hyung of ASTRO, MJ also asked his fans to take care of his dongsaeng members on his behalf.
“I will be enlisting in the military on May 9. I apologize for delivering this kind of news today, during the time when we’re finally meeting in person for the first time in a long while. But I did it precisely because of how much today is so precious for me, and I think it will be the day I remember most.
It’s my happiness to meet AROHA for the first time in a long while. So I promise to return as a cooler and more mature version of myself. So please enjoy our fan meeting until the very end today, and please take good care of my fellow ASTRO members.
Thank you, everyone.”ASTRO MJ.
ASTRO MJ Will Be Joining the Military Band
Immediately after ASTRO MJ confirmed his enlistment date for the military service, their Fantagio agency released an official statement.
According to Fantagio, ASTRO MJ will indeed enlist for his military service on May 9. Then, after completing his basic training, the ASTRO main vocalist will continue fulfilling his duty as a member of the military band.
ASTRO and AROHA Heartfelt Messages
Although Jinjin, Rocky, Moonbin, Eunwoo, Sanha, and all AROHA know that the day of ASTRO MJ military enlistment will come, they don’t expect it’ll be this fast. Moreover, they don’t expect the announcement to be so emotional.
“As a leader, I feel like I haven’t been able to do a lot for you, for that I’m sorry. As a leader, while we will feel your absence, I will try my best to protect your place. So, I hope you can let go of the burden and enlist with a peaceful heart.”Jinjin
“We will all have to enlist, but MJ is the first. I never expected to be this sad since he will be back and we can see each other, but it’s for sure that I feel sad thinking that we will not be able to be on stage with him for a while. (To MJ) I will always be waiting and thinking of you.”Rocky
“I just want to say come back safely. Don’t get injured. If you get injured, we will be sad. If there is anything you want, let me know. I have more freedom than you do. I will get autographs for you, Billie’s autographs. Come back safely, be healthy, and we’ll do this again.”Moonbin
“Myungjun hyung, be healthy! Don’t cry! If you cry, the younger members will be hurt. Don’t be too down, too.”Eunwoo
“MJ hyung, I cried so much listening to your letter. I couldn’t hold back. Come back safely. I’, usually the only one who chats in the group chat. You will be very bored when you enlist. Play with me. Don’t call me using the public phone. Just text me.”Sanha
AROHA messages for MJ
MJ, our happy virus, thank you for telling us about your enlistment in person. It must have been tough having to keep it a secret for so long.— 𝐍𝐨𝐨𝐧𝐚 𝐅𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐫𝐥✶ (@imanoona85) April 10, 2022
We promise we’ll be waiting for you & we’ll stay with #ASTRO until the end. #아스트로 #MJ #AROHA #ASTROfanart #fangirl #AAF #GATE6 pic.twitter.com/0pPRVeeZe6
He just went on hiatus then he’ll soon enlist already:( gonna miss you so much mj🥺 we’ll patiently wait for you, oki? I love you so so much😭💜— Rhirhi_아로하♡ | woosan💞 (@Aira87727151) April 9, 2022
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR ENLISTMENT MY LOVE😭😭😭#ASTROAROHAFestival2022#AAF #GATE6 #MJ #ASTRO #아스트로 pic.twitter.com/ac0ljFSqAn
MJ keeps on saying “stay with the members”, “please take care of our members” “please look after the members” to Arohas.— 사월 🍀🌸 (@HappyVirusMJ02) April 9, 2022
But i think this is for MJ stans, to stay and still support the group even if he’s not here..#GATE6| #AAF | #아스트로 | #엠제이 | #MJ pic.twitter.com/cOchS2aMHs
What About ASTRO 2022 Comeback?
Moreover, this news came as a huge shock for most Kpop fans because previously, ASTRO had announced their 2022 comeback in a complete 6-member formation. However, now that ASTRO MJ has confirmed his enlistment date for military service, will he be joining the comeback?
Up until today, there is yet any official confirmation from ASTRO’s agency, Fantagio. However, considering that ASTRO MJ military enlistment date will be on May 9, chances are ASTRO had scheduled their 2022 comeback earlier. The most ideal date would be around May 1 – 5. This is considering they would have to prepare for the comeback stages and promotional activities as well before ASTRO MJ enlistment date for his military service.
Will You Wait for MJ’s Grand Return?
Finally, the rule in South Korea stated that we can only postpone military enlistment only until 28 years old. Meanwhile, ASTRO MJ just turned 28 in March this year, which means his military service cannot be delayed anymore.
Therefore, are you willing to wait for MJ and his grand return, Kpop fans? Let us wish him good health for his body and mind, especially knowing that MJ had to suspend all his activities due to his health earlier this year. Hopefully, MJ will return to us stronger and happier.
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