Let’s Meet The Oldest Member of EXO, Famous as the “Fake Maknae” Among Their Fans, Xiumin
Kim Min-seok was born on March 26, 1990, in Guri, Gyeonggi, South Korea. He is better known by his stage name, Xiumin. He was a student at Catholic Kwandong University, where he attended a seminar and gave a presentation for students in Applied Music. Xiumin learned martial arts and has a black belt in both Kendo and Taekwondo. He also trained in Wushu and Fencing. He’s known as an avid fan of football, and is an honorary ambassador of the Korea Football Association. He is a South Korean singer and actor. He is best known as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO, under SM Entertainment, and he’s part of the sub-units EXO-M and EXO-CBX.
Before Xiumin’s participation in SM’s Everysing Contest, he had auditioned for JYP Entertainment in 2008, but was rejected. In 2008, Xiumin won second place in the SM Everysing Contest. He later became a trainee through SM Entertainment’s Casting System in the same year. Xiumin was revealed as the seventh member of South Korean-Chinese boy-group, EXO in January 2012. The group debuted on April 8, 2012. In 2013, Xiumin made a guest appearance, alongside actress Kim Yoo-jung, in the music video for the song “Gone” by South Korean singer Jin, now a member of Lovelyz.
In this article, Channel-Korea Will tell you about Xiumin enlistment date and when he will discharged from military to EXO’s members Estimation Military Enlistment Schedule. So, Keep reading everyone!
SM Entertainment Announces EXO’s Xiumin Military Date
Xiumin will be the first of the EXO members to undergo military service. The certainty about Xiumin’s conscription was revealed by his agency, SM Entertainment, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
For your information, Xiumin is EXO’s oldest member. The young man, whose real name Kim Min-seok, was born on March 26, 1990. That means he is now 29 years old (30 years old in Korean). According to SM Entertainment, Xiumin would start compulsory military service on May 7, 2019.
He wanted to start those obligations outside the public spotlight. Because of that, Xiumin and his agency kept the location of his enlistment site a secret from the public. In addition, the agency didn’t hold any events to release Xiumin’s departure.
Xiumin was scheduled to hold the “Magical Circus 2019 – Special Edition” event with the EXO-CBX unit in Japan this April. EXO-CBX is an EXO’s sub-unit consisting of Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin. This unit already has a number of singles and mini albums.
Before Leaving for Military Service, EXO’s Xiumin Had a Special Plan for Fans
Xiumin, was the first EXO member to leave for military service, reporting from Soompi on April 9 of this year. it was announced that the man born in 1990 would undergo military service, starting on May 7 as an active soldier.
This news was confirmed by Xiumin via a letter uploaded in the Lysn application intended specifically for EXO fans, commonly called EXO-L. “Hello EXO-L ~ This is Xiumin! Lately the flowers have bloomed. Have you come out and seen it?.” Wrote Xiumin EXO in the letter.
Xiumin also expressed his desire to take time to meet fans in Korea after he returned from the EXO-CBX (EXO sub-unit group) concert in Japan. Xiumin wrote down his plans for his time before leaving for military service.
“I plan to make time for us together so that I can say that directly to you. CBX will have a concert (in Japan), and will come back after the concert has finished successfully, so please wait a moment,” he wrote.
In this letter, Xiumin also gave his promise that he would return to health. He also thanked the fans and EXO members. News of Xiumin’s mandatory military service can be said to be special because it was announced a day after EXO celebrated the commemoration of their seventh debut on April 8. SM Entertainment, Xiumin’s agency, announced that the location and time of departure of the “Growl” singer will be kept confidential.
Confirmed to Mandatory Military Service, Xiumin Writes Heartbreaking Letters for EXO-L
Xiumin made a surprise announcement. The singer of the song “Call Me Baby” was the first member of EXO to carry out his obligations as a good Korean citizen, which is entering the military service.
The news was confirmed by the agency that houses Xiumin, SM Entertainment. Xiumin began his military service by becoming an active soldier on May 7, 2019. Knowing that fans were saddened by that decision, Xiumin wrote a letter. Xiumin promised to be back in good health and would greet fans for the last time in a concert in Japan with EXO-CBX.
“Hello EXO-L, this is Xiumin! The flowers are blooming beautifully lately, have you gone to see them? Flowers are starting to appear, the weather warms up and yesterday was EXO’s 7th anniversary since debut. I feel very grateful for all because I feel EXO was born at a very good time. Congratulations once again on our members. To be honest, I wrote this today because there is important news that I want to convey to you. Mandatory military service, I will enter military service on 7 May. healthy, I plan to set a time for us to meet in the future so I can say it directly. We have an EXO-CBX concert in Japan soon and we will come back after finishing it, so please just wait a moment.”
Even though it has become an obligation, fans still feel sad to have to leave Xiumin as quickly as this. Many hope that time will run fast and Xiumin can return with other EXO members entertaining fans on stage.
“It doesn’t feel like EXO has been 7 years … From the time when I was in high school … especially for Super Junior, They are from the time when I was in middle school … Time flies so fast,” commented netter. “It’s sad that my fangirl’s life has just been on EXO-L last December, now it’s just been abandoned by military service,” added another. “Hoping at Magical Circus japan later, EXO’s members will come together with LAY with a group hug and sing a promise with EXOL, OT9 Always in My Heart,” another netter exclaimed.
EXO’s Xiumin Just Shaved Off All His Hair for His Impending Military Enlistment
When Xiumin’s official enlistment day was upon us, the EXO member showed off his newly shaved head in a selfie posted on his personal Instagram page. The post didn’t have a caption, but no words were needed to explain his buzz cut. The beloved K-pop group’s eldest, 29-year-old Xiumin, is the first in EXO to take part in South Korea’s mandatory military service. On April 9, SM Entertainment announced that Xiumin was enlisting on May 7. The day before he was scheduled to enlist, Xiumin started preparing for duty by cutting off all his hair. If you’re a K-pop star, posting a photo or video on social media of your new look has become an unofficial part of the conscription process, too. Now that Xiumin has shared his, it made the fact that he’s leaving for two years all too real.
Xiumin’s monumental Instagram post received 1.5 million likes in just a couple of hours, as well as hundreds of thousands of farewell messages from EXO fans. Fellow member Kai even commented with well-wishes for Xiumin and a reminder to put on moisturizer while he’s away.
Since debuting in 2012, Xiumin has never experimented with buzz cuts like D.O., another member of EXO. Instead, Xiumin has kept his hair at least a couple of inches long and has dyed it countless hues, like fuchsia, teal, lavender, and cobalt.
Before shaving it all off, Xiumin bleached his hair ashy blonde for his SM Station song “이유 (You)”, which dropped Thursday, May 9, then he had one last hair-color hurrah with an icy blue hue for his solo fan meet on May 4.
Ahead of Military Obligation, EXO’s Xiumin Released the Single Solo ‘You’ for the SM Station Project
Tuesday (04/30/19), SM Entertainment Announced That Xiumin Will Become The Next Singer After Chanyeol Who Released Solo Single Through SM Station project.
SM Entertainment still spoils fans through the SM Station music project. Previously, SM Station presented EXO’s Chanyeol’s solo single, “SSFW”, which was released last April 25. After Chanyeol, other EXO members are ready to release solo works through the SM Station project. Tuesday (4/30), SM Entertainment announced that Xiumin would be the next singer to release a single.
Xiumin was present with a solo song titled “You”, which was released on May 9, 2019. The release of the 1990-born singer’s solo song coincides with the moment when he underwent military service.
On the same day, SM Entertainment released a teaser for the single “You” through the SM Station official Instagram account, @smtownstation. The teaser was in the form of a video when Xiumin writes something in a notebook while lying on the bed.
Xiumin began compulsory military duty on May 7. The owner of the real name Kim Min-seok had to undergo basic military training before starting to serve as an active soldier.