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Lee Seung Gi to Enlist in the Korean Army on February 1!

January 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm EDT

Lee Seung Gi -- who played a special agent in the 2012 TV drama King 2 Hearts -- will enlist in the Korean military on February 1 Credit: MBC

Lee Seung Gi -- who played a special agent in the 2012 TV drama King 2 Hearts -- will enlist in the Korean military on February 1
Credit: MBC

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Reporting for duty! Lee Seung Gi will be waving goodbye to his fans on February 1 when he begins his mandatory military service.

The 29-year-old singer and actor confirmed today, January 21, that he will soon be taking time out of his career to begin service.

In a statement he wrote, "I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the undeserving love I received until now, and I will return a real man."

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A rep at Hook Entertainment also revealed that the singer has written a special song to mark the event. "Ahead of his enlistment, Lee Seung Gi has released a new song 'I'm Going to the Army' on music sites," says the spokesman. "It's a song that conveys his appreciation for the love he received as a celebrity from fans."

Lee says of the emotional track, "I wasn't sure when I would receive my notice of enlistment, so until now I was only preparing my heart for enlistment. And because I couldn't say goodbye to everyone in person, I expressed my sorry heart in the song."

"Although the song is my story, I hope it's a song that all reserve soldiers can relate to with their family and friends."

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"I'm Going to the Army" was created by producer Kim Do Hoon, who also worked on the star's popular hits "Will You Marry Me?" and "Unfinished Story."

Lee -- who debuted in 2004 and is often affectionally referred to as Korea's "little brother" -- most recently filmed movie Marital Harmony, which will be released later this year. He split from Girls' Generation singer YoonA in August 2015.

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