Super Junior’s Leeteuk may still be in the middle of his mandatory Korean military service, but he’s still thinking about his fans.
The 30-year-old group leader took time out from his schedule to write an emotional letter, sharing some of his experiences and thoughts since enlisting. It was posed on Super Junior’s official SMTOWN blog on November 27.
“To the best E.L.F [Super Junior’s fan group name] among those who I have, whom I worry for and miss because I love them,” he opens the letter with. “I am… now in the BM New Army Training Center with my fellow comrades who are 10 years younger than me.”
The singer continues to explain how his fan letters propel him through his tough army days and how he longs for the day to reunite with his fans. “As I mark off the remaining eight months of my military days with an ‘X’ on my calendar, I only wait for the day when I will be able to reunite and enjoy and smile with you,” he says.
“Before I came here, I was really nervous and scared but after coming here, I realized that this is nothing compared to what I’ve been doing before. And thanks for all your written letters and internet letters! Tears welled up several times as I read each and every one of your letters here. Thank you.”
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The idol star ended his open letter with an extract of wistful lyrics from “Hymne à l’amour” — a popular French song originally performed by Edith Piaf.
Fans while have to wait just a little longer for Leeteuk’s return to the group as he is not due to complete his service duties until next summer.