Nearly two weeks since he enlisted in the military, EXO’s Chen is all smiles for his first-ever photo which immediately surfaced and made rounds on social media.
On November 4, the military posted a set of photos introducing its new recruits, among whom is the 28-year-old Kpop star. Chen will reportedly be serving as an active-duty soldier once he completes his basic training.
See his photo below!
Chen, whose real name is Kim Jong-dae, officially enlisted on October 26. Prior to that, on October 15, he bid farewell to fans and friends all over the world with his solo single “Hello.” He also penned a heartfelt letter making the surprise announcement:
“Hello, this is Chen. Are you all doing well and staying healthy these days, when the daily temperature swings are especially severe?
The summer heat has passed, and in the blink of an eye, it’s already autumn. The reason I’m writing to all of you today is to inform you that I’ll be enlisting in the military on October 26 and to at least say goodbye to you through this letter.
During my time in service, I will do my utmost to fulfill my duties in good physical and mental health, so that I can show you growth and improvement when I return and greet you again. In that time, I hope that all of you will also stay as beautiful and healthy as you are now!! I’m always grateful to you, and I love you.”
He is the fourth member of EXO to fulfill his mandatory military service, following Xiumin, D.O., and Suho.
He welcomed his first daughter with his wife at the end of April 2020. Read more about that here: EXO’s Kim Jongdae is Now a Father!
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