No need to get the army fatigues out just yet. A spokesman for JYJ tells IdolWow! that rumours about Jaejoong and Park Yoochun enlisting in the Korean military this year are untrue.
The band representative says of the two 28-year-old members: “The rumors about Kim Jaejoong and Park Yoochun enlisting in the army later this year are misleading.”
In South Korea, every male over 18 must serve two years of obligatory military service, which must happen before they turn 30. However, many Korean celebrities delay enlistment due to the prolific nature of their work.
The rep continues: “We have a plan to release JYJ’s album later this year but the members will not be enlisting in the army as soon as the album is released. Currently we have not decided on the exact time that Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu will be enlisting in the army.”
Earlier this week on June 4, Park celebrated his 28th birthday with a fan meeting and discussed JYJ’s plans for their comeback album and army service. After the event, rumors started to spread online that he and fellow member Kim Jaejoong would begin their military service straight after the new album is released later this year.
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Fans can now breath a sigh of relief and look forward to the group’s first comeback in four years this fall, which will finally include TV performances. The trio were unable to promote their 2010 album “The Beginning” on television because of a legal battle with former agency, SM Entertainment.