BIGBANG went through 10 grueling years to get to where they are right now, but it seems like the troubles are only starting for V.I.Ps (as fans of the idol group are lovingly known).
The eldest in the group, T.O.P (real name Choi Seung Hyun), is set to enlist in the military early next year, and he has begin to say his goodbyes 🙁
BIGBANG held a concert in Osaka last night (Thursday, 29th December) and the rapper touched on the topic of his military enlistment. According to Japanese media outlet Nikkan Sports via allkpop, T.O.P, who was extremely moved by a pre-planned event held by fans to show their love, shed tears while talking about his impending military enlistment.
He thanked fans, expressing:
“The stage is always important but the dorm tour, and especially today’s stage, holds extra special meaning. People say there isn’t much time left of the 5 of us together but I think the 5 of us will be together forever.”
A lot of things have happened but the 5 of us meeting each other is my most precious experience. Also, I have a favor to ask my fans. Be with us so the 5 of us can continue to be together. Thank you.”
That’s not all, as the artiste also left a short video message for fans on his Instagram after the concert, with the caption, “We will be saying goodbye temporarily. Stay healthy. I think I’ll miss you guys very much. I’ll come back after a lot of growth.”
Although the video is only approximately 5 seconds long, it was enough to convey his affection to fans. The ridiculously handsome star showed his gratitude by waving and sending them a finger heart.
After the 29-year-old musician conscripts on 9th February 2017, it will be at least 7 years before the idol group reunites as 5 again. This is because the members are all approaching the maximum conscription age, and G-Dragon as well as Taeyang (who are both 28 years old) will be enlisting next, followed by Daesung and Seungri.