Super Junior‘s Heechul will finally be entering the military to fulfill his 2 year mandatory services to his country on September 1st. He is the 2nd Super Junior member following Kangin, who is set to return next year, to enter the military. After the news was reported, many fans expressed their sadness as well as farewells to Heechul.
It was revealed by SM Entertainment that “they [Heechul and Leeteuk] wanted to enlist quietly without any commotion.”
Late on Wednesday, August 31st, Heechul tweeted a photo of himself with his new buzz cut ahead of entering the military and said that he reminded himself of the female singer Choonja, who is known for her shaved head.
Earlier that day, Heechul had met with singer Kim Jang Hoon to record a duet, the final gift for his fans before his enlistment. The duet single is set to be released in September, according to SM Entertainment. Heechul also tweeted the photo of himself and Kim Janghoon sitting side by side with his long hair still intact and obviously prior to getting his new haircut.
Heechul will be enlisted in the army starting September 1st at Chongnam, Noksan and will enter the residential army camp where he will stay for 4 weeks to undergo basic military training. He will then proceed to serve as a public service personnel for 23 months.
Because Heechul wanted to enlist quietly, it isn’t certain at this time whether fans or the media will be allowed to see Heechul off. Usually, celebrities who are sent off to the military for their 2 year duties will hold a photo session, a press conference, and have their fans present at the gate of the training camp.