Hongseok, the heartthrob of the nonet K-Pop boy band PENTAGON, has been given an early departure from compulsory military service due to ill health. CUBE Entertainment issued a press release on December 26, 2022, announcing that the idol had been discharged from the military due to his worsening depression and panic problem. The message also apologized to all Hongseok supporters for the upsetting news.
Hongseok enlisted in the military in May 2022. According to a statement from his agency on April 1, the group’s 28-year-old heartthrob will begin his required military service in May. The press release also stated that the location and time of entry will remain private due to the tight COVID-19 policies in place at the time.
According to CUBE Entertainment, PENTAGON’s Hongseok suffers from agoraphobia.
Hongseok, a well-known musician from K-Pop powerhouse PENTAGON, has been discharged from the military after just eight months of service due to his deteriorating mental health condition, which needs urgent medical treatment. Fans were made aware of this via a press release revealing Hongseok’s military classification and the artist’s health status. According to the statement:
“Hello. Cube Entertainment is who we are. Hongseok, a PENTAGON member, was categorized for the Wartime Labor Service and was medically discharged from the military.”
Moreover, according to the release, the idol may be suffering from melancholy and panic disorder in addition to agoraphobia, which he had since before his military service began. There stood:
“Hongseok has been undergoing constant therapy and counseling during his military service due to symptoms of depression and panic disorder with agoraphobia that he has suffered ever since. However, when his symptoms worsened, the military determined that he could not sustain military life and therapy at the same time, so he was medically discharged.”
Finally, the post apologized to fans and promised to put the artist’s recovery first:
“We regret any concerns we have had as a result of the unexpected news and will continue to do our utmost to keep Hongseok focused on therapy.”
More about PENTAGON
PENTAGON was released in 2016 by Cube Entertainment. The nine members of the group are Jinho, Hui, Hongseok, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yan An, Yuto, Kino and Wooseok. Dawn’s resignation from the band and record company on November 14, 2018 reduced the total number of members to nine. After a two-year hiatus, the group returned this year with their twelfth mini-album, IN:VITE U. IN:VITE U is a six-song collection released in January 2022.