Exo's Baekhyun to join military on May 6

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Exo's Baekhyun to join military on May 6

Singer Baekhyun, a member of K-pop boy band Exo, in an online press conference for his solo EP ″Bambi″ on March 30. [SM ENTERTAINMENT]

Singer Baekhyun, a member of K-pop boy band Exo, in an online press conference for his solo EP ″Bambi″ on March 30. [SM ENTERTAINMENT]

 
K-pop singer and member of boy band Exo, Baekhyun, will join the military on May 6, his agency SM Entertainment said Saturday.
 
In Korea, military service is mandatory for every Korean man except for those with disabilities.
 
“I know how hard it is to wait, so I won't ask you to wait for me, but would like to tell you I love you,” Baekhyun wrote in a letter to his fans, which he uploaded on his fan community site.
 
SM Entertainment said Baekhyun will enter a military training center and, after finishing his training, will serve as one of the social work personnel. The agency did not disclose any more details. The service period is 21 months for those who complete their mandatory military service as a social worker, while the period is 18 months for those who serve in the army.
 
The 28-year-old Baekhyun, whose full name is Byun Baek-hyun, will be the sixth of Exo's nine members to enlist in the military after Xiumin, D.O., Chen, Suho and Chanyeol. The first two have already completed their service.
 
Baekhyun released his third solo EP "Bambi" on March 30. The album sold 760,000 copies on the first day.  
 
BY MOON SO-YOUNG   [symoon@joongang.co.kr]
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