MONSTA X’s Shownu will be enlisting in the military later this month.
On July 10, Shownu wrote a post on the group’s official fan café.
"Hello, how are you doing? This is MONSTA X’s Shownu.
From July 22, I will be taking a short hiatus as I fulfill my national defence duties. It feels like just yesterday when I made my debut, but now it’s time for me to go to the military.
As I worked hard until now, I have experienced both joy and hardship and various meaningful moments with the members and the fans. The love and support that I’ve received from fans is not just the love between one person and another but something much bigger than that. There were times when I unconsciously began to take it for granted and times when I realized that I shouldn’t.
Thank you for letting me feel and experience so many things through MONSTA X. I will do my best to repay you, so please continue to have fun with MONSTA X and Shownu. Thank you so much for letting me realize that I am able to live through new things each day.
The life I’m living now. The path I chose could have been worse than what had been originally there, or it could be better, or it could be an excessive life beyond the point of words, I don’t know. I think that happiness is living while feeling things like gratitude and thankfulness and love and disappointment and regrets. Regardless of whether I’m living a good or bad life, I think I’m just a happy person.
Since I started talking about life just because I won’t be able to promote for a little bit, I must be nervous. Anyway, thank you and stay happy and healthy.
Letters should end abruptly, right? Love you always. Yes, I love you, and let’s meet again soon.
MONSTA X’s agency, Starship Entertainment, released a statement announcing that Shownu would enter the military training center on July 22 and undergo basic training for three weeks before fulfilling the rest of his mandatory military service as a public service worker (estimated to end on April 2023). This is due to his medical background, which includes surgery for retinal detachment in his left eye and a dislocated shoulder.
For the sake of COVID-19 prevention, the time and place of Shownu’s enlistment will be private and there will be no special events.
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I was planning to do a monsta x roundup and he announced this? This is such sudden news. Guess he won't be there during the world tour (if that is still happening). Hope you'll serve well Shownu, we'll wait for you.