Mandatory Military Service and Two Year Hiatus
After partaking of seven years in the entertainment industry, at age 25, Kim Kyu-jong was announced to enlist in the South Korean military service. In June 2012, the news came out that the member of SS501 was to fulfill his duty to his country.
Not forgetting his fans, he quickly held a farewell fan meeting on June 3rd 2012 titled hank U ThanKYU with Triple S at Yonsei University in Sinchon-dong, Seoul, South Korea. During his farewell fan meeting all five members of SS501 gathered together after two years of not being on stage together. Although this was his last official activity before enlistment, Kim Kyu-jong still managed to surprise his fans by releasing a special album on July 18, 2012.
On July 23, 2012, Kim Kyu-jong reported to the recruit training center of the 35th division in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province for four weeks of basic training. Though he was initially reported to be exempted from the military due to being a Hepatitis B carrier, he was able to go through with his military duty by serving as a public service worker.
On July 22, 2014, exactly two years after his enlistment, Kim Kyu-jong was discharged from his duties and was welcomed by fans and the press at the military manpower office in Jeonbuk, Jeonju.
Dating Rumors and Mysterious Girlfriend
After long years of having a clean slate as a public personality, Kim Kyu-jong was hit with a dating rumor. On April 20, 2018, Kim Kyu-jong was reported to be in Jeju for filming but it was later found out that he was there on a date his girlfriend after the filming. It was revealed that he was dating a non-celebrity and witnesses, who saw their interaction, said that they were very affectionate to one another.
However, when CI Ent, Kim Kyu-jong’s agency got a hold of the news, they quickly denied the rumor.
Latest News About Kim Kyu-jong
After completing his military enlistment in 2014, Kim Kyu-jong has slowly eased his way back in the entertainment industry. Recently, he is busy with his third mini album, Play in Nature. He also starred in a 100 second medley of SS501 with fellow member Park Jung-min and Heo Young-saeng.
On December 29, 2017, four of the SS501’s members had reunited in Japan and planned a reunion album in 2018. The four members have agreed to release the album following Kim Hyung-jun’s release from the military.