On 24th March 2013, K-Pop super boy idol group Super Junior held its “Super Show 5” at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Hall. It was meant to be a happy occasion since it’s the start of their world tour (Seoul first, then the boys will be traveling through China, Japan, South America, and Europe).
But during the “Super Show 5” show that night, Yesung made a tearful announcement.
Being next in line in Super Junior in terms of age and following in the footsteps of Kangin, Heechul, and Leeteuk, Yesung will be the next member to go and enlist in the military. He officially informed his fans that he will be soon serving mandatory time as a soldier:
I spent five years as a trainee and was with fans for eight years with Super Junior. I want to thank you for all the love. I forgot how special it is to stand on stage and sing. I just realized how much I’ll long for this. Even though I’m not there, please take care of the Super Junior members. Please remember me too.
His fans cried along with him as he stated the above.
Super Junior’s entertainment company, SM Entertainment, confirmed Yesung’s announcement when they stated that he will indeed enter the South Korean military service this year. While it hasn’t been decided yet exactly when he will enlist, they said that Yesung is already preparing for enlistment. But due to the results of his physical check-up, he will be serving in the military as a public service worker.
As of time of writing, Yesung’s participation in the rest of the “Super Show 5” shows have yet to be determined.