(UPDATED) Highlight member Yoon Doo-joon (Let’s Eat 3) has reportedly received his draft notice and will suddenly enlisting to the military on August 24, according to media outlets.
According to reports, Yoon Doo-joon initially applied for the conscripted policeman post but was not accepted.
Due to this abrupt turn of events, his ongoing drama Let’s Eat 3 which was originally supposed to be 16 episodes would also reportedly be shortened to 14 episodes.
Yoon Doo-joon’s agency Around Us Entertainment had also announced their official statement on the reported enlistment notice. Here is the official statement from his agency:
“Group Highlight’s leader Yoon Doojoon recently received his military draft notice and will be enlisting active duty on August 24, 2018 (Friday). You must have been taken aback and shocked at the enlistment news of Yoon Doojoon, who has continued non-stop since his debut in 2009. He was also very surprised at the abrupt enlistment notice. However, Yoon Doojoon will film his current drama until the end with an upright and strong mindset, organize his thoughts, and fulfill his military duty that is necessary as a citizen of Korea. We sincerely apologize for not having been able to tell you ahead of time and that you had to suddenly receive the news through an article, and we once again ask for the understanding of fans. Please show lots of anticipation and support for Yoon Doojoon, who has always prioritized and focused on his family, group, and fans from debut until now, so that he can be discharged in good health and return to you as a more mature and great person.” (END)
Meanwhile, Yoon Doo-joon also wrote his own heartfelt letter for his fans as released by his agency. Doo-joon’s letter reads as follows:
“Hello, this is Doojoon.
“You were surprised right? I was surprised, too. Though not as much as you guys. In order to finally fulfill my mandatory military duty at this old age, I will have to suddenly leave. I wanted to go earlier. Because I can finally take some pressure off that burden though, I’m happy.
“The saddest part that really troubles my mind is the fact that I’ll have to leave without saying a proper goodbye to you. My heart hurts a lot..
“The fact that I could enjoy this celebrity life for almost 10 years is mostly thanks to Lights. In this irregular life, the fact that I was able to feel the most normal feelings of happiness, sadness, and other things is thanks to the special memories I was able to create with you all. You were with me for a third of my life all this time cheering me on. Thank you sincerely for your support. It was an honor.
“I now plan on starting the third chapter to my life. To my members, family, friends, company family, and drama staff members who supported me, I’m so sorry, and thankful. I hope you all stay healthy.
“Finally, to our, and my fans that I love. Please always keep your own health as your priority, and I hope you’ll be happy and healthy. Thank you. Bye.
From one fifth of Highlight, Doojoon.”