Subunits and Reunion
On January 20, 2016, CI Entertainment confirmed that SS501’s special project group would debut as Double S 301. The group held its comeback showcase at Art Hall of Lotte Card Art Center on February 15, at 8pm KST, and released their official debut mini-album ETERNAL 5 on the following day.
SS501 is known to have a subunit called SS301/Double S 301. SS301 consists of Youngsaeng, Kyu Jong, and Hyung Joon. They were famous for their song titled “U R Man” in 2009. They also had a cameo in Boys Before Flowers, which starred one of SS501’s members, Kim Hyun Joong.
Although SS501 is on hiatus, the sub-unit SS301 released an album in 2016. SS301 released the album Eternal 5 in February, 2016, and Eternal 0 & Eternal 1 in December, 2016. The song titled Pain got an award in Korea’s televised music shows, The Show.
In February, 2017, Hyung-jun began his mandatory military enlistment and is expected to return in 2019. Kim Hyun Joong returned from his enlistment shortly after. On July 1, Jungmin completed his service.
On December 29, 2017, Youngsaeng announced that the group had reunited in Japan (minus Hyung-joon, who was still serving military) to discuss plans for a reunion album in 2018. Jungmin also announced that all four members had so far agreed, and planned to release it following Hyungjun’s return.
On December 29, 2018, Hyungjun was discharged from the military, and announced he would join the group’s discussions regarding a comeback.
Plastic Surgery Rumors
Korean artists are often plagued by plastic surgery rumors. SS501 also got some plastic surgery rumors when fans compare the past vs the current pictures of them, there are some differences. Here are some of the rumors.
Kim Hyun-joong admitted that he had plastic surgery on his nose. He said that he broke his nose a long time ago after getting hit by a stone. So, he got the bones fixed and a little nose job done by the doctor. You can see in the ‘after’ picture of him that his nose looks sharper and straighter.
Another member, Park Jung-min, is also rumored to have had plastic surgery. As you can see in the ‘before’ picture, taken during high school, it shows a straight, if not cute, nose. However, after his debut, his nose changed, getting pointer at the tip, with a higher bridge. Could the new nose be the result of growing into his nose?