K-Pop star D.O. to leave EXO and enlist as soldier in South Korean military

K-Pop star D.O has announced he will be enlisting in the South Korean military on July 1.

The singer, who is best known for singing with group EXO, is set to take part in his mandatory military service this summer, meaning he will have to temporarily leave his career behind.

A statement from SM Entertainment agency said: "D.O. has received a summons for mandatory service for this July 1, and he plans to enlist accordingly."

Confirming the news, D.O – whose real name is Doh Kyung-soo – wrote a letter to his fans on EXO's fanclub site.

He said: "Hello, this is D.O. of EXO. EXO-Ls, the sudden news must have been surprising for everyone right?

"I wanted to first share the news [with you], so I have a heavy heart because I feel like it’s a little late.

"I’m posting this letter because I wanted to let you know that as much as this decision was made after lots of consideration, I will return [after serving] healthily and safely."

He added: "I sincerely thank EXO-Ls, who are always supportive, and I hope that everyone will always be healthy and have [days] that are filled with things that make you laugh.

"I will carefully serve and return to greet you all with a healthy image."

D.O. could have deferred enlisting until 2021, but chose to get his service out of the way.

The singer has not revealed the location that he has been enlisted.

He is the second member of EXO to be enlisted after bandmate Xiumin joined the forces on 7 May.

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