INFINITE’s Sunggyu in the Military
Kim Sung-gyu, or also known as Sunggyu, is the leader and the main vocalist of the boy group INFINITE, a group which consists of seven members: Sunggyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, L, Sungyeol, and Sungjong. Sunggyu and his fellow members debuted on June 9th, 2010, under Woolim Entertainment. He himself made his solo debut on November 19th, 2012, and released his first EP Another Me. Not only in musicals, but Sunggyu is also known for his many skills in variety shows.
However, just like the other male Koreans, Sunggyu has to fulfill his duty and serve in the military for approximately two years. How is he doing in the military? Channel-Korea will provide you with more details about his doings in the military. Stay tuned!
Enlisted in the Military
Sunggyu began his military service on May 14th, 2018, and started his training in the training center of the 22nd infantry division for five weeks before starting his duty for twenty months. Previously, the artist announced his military enlistment date on the last day of his solo concert “Shine,” on May 7th at Kyunghee University’s Grand Peace Palace. It was later confirmed by the agency.
On the day when he entered the military office, he was accompanied by Woolim staff members because INFINITE members were on their schedule in Russia at the time. He didn’t say anything to the media, instead just waved and said, “Thank you,” before entering the building. The artist will be officially discharged on January 8th, 2020.
Musical Theater and Accidents in the Military
In August 2018, Sunggyu was cast in a musical theater titled Shinheung Military Academy along with Ji Chang-wook and Kang Ha-neul. Sunggyu would play the role of Ji Chung-chun, a man who graduated from the Japanese military and went back to Korea to lead an independence movement. The musical was held from September 9th to September 23rd, 2018, at the National Museum of Korea’s Theater Yong. They also went on tour around the nation to perform the musical theater.
During their musical tour, Sunggyu along with the other cast and staff members of Shinheung Military Academy were involved in a car accident. They were on their way to their next performance venue for the musical on March 26th, 2019. It was considered as a bad accident because the bus’ windows were broken and the cast and staff members were taken to a hospital where their injuries were treated.
Celebrities Who Visited Him
After completing his training period, Sunggyu was first visited by his fellow band member, L. On June 27th, 2018, INFINITE’s official Twitter account posted an update of the artist. As translated by Soompi, they wrote, “Recruit No. 122 Kim Sunggyu! Greeting INSPIRIT after concluding his completion ceremony well, salute!” along with a set of pictures of him and L. “Our Ggyu is doing well, so don’t worry, our INSPIRIT,” they ended the caption.
They added another tweet of their pics together with the others. This time, they revealed that L was actually busier than anyone but managed to adjust his schedule and ran to see the leader.
On June 30th, it was Sungyeol’s turn to visit the leader. He posted a picture of them on his personal Instagram account.
As translated by Soompi, he wrote, “Sunggyu hyung, fighting! It’s good to see that you look like you’ve gotten healthier!” It is true though, Sunggyu does look healthy and bright with his small smile in the picture.
On September 13th, Sungjong visited Sunggyu after his musical performance. He posted a picture of them together along with a caption. Sungjong expressed that he missed his hyung so much and was impressed by his performance. “Sunggyu hyung please take care of yourself! Our eternal leader, Sunggyu hyung, love you!” he ended with a heart emoji.
Sungjong revealed that both also attended Woohyun’s solo concert together on February 13th, 2019, in an interview. He said that they coincidentally bought the concert tickets for the same date so they decided to go there together.
Not only Sungjong, but Sunggyu’s close friend Bora also showed her support by attending Sunggyu’s musical theater on September 16th, 2018. She posted a picture with him on her personal Instagram account.
She wrote, “Finally met Gyu!! Stay strong Gyu-ya.” She added that the performance was really amazing.
According to Soompi, before Sunggyu enlisted, Bora posted a photo with him from 2016 along with a caption, “I will make sure to visit!! Don’t get hurt, and be healthy!! Let’s go to an escape room again like that time when you are discharged!!”
Both of them sure look like close friends!
Many Korean celebrities have entered military enlistment this year aside from Sunggyu. On July 24th, 2019, it was reported that Sunggyu along with many Korean artists came together to record a song, making a big collaboration. The other artists involved were EXO’s Xiumin, SHINee’s Onew and Key, VIXX’s N, BTOB’s Changsub, former 2AM’s Jo Kwon and Jinwoon, former Wanna One’s Jisung, and actors Kim Min-seok and Lee Jae-kyun. They were spotted in their military uniforms at the recording studio Macho Studio. The song itself was reported to be released by the end of July.
Currently, Sunggyu is still doing his military duties. Let’s wait for him to return safely and look forward to his activities in the future!