The oldest member of the globally successful K-pop band BTS has to start his military service in mid-December. As the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Thursday, the 29-year-old Jin will first go through five weeks of basic training before being assigned to a "front-line unit". Fans reacted with concern. "I literally felt my heart sink when I read that he was deployed to the front lines," one fan wrote on Twitter. "Why at the front? Why?"
The seven members of BTS are now between 24 and 29 years old. It was therefore clear for a long time that at least Jin would soon have to start his military service. In June, the group had already announced that they were taking a break and that the individual members wanted to focus on solo projects temporarily.