Our Boong-do is finally experiencing what all men of modern-day South Korea must experience, mandatory military service. Cries. Ji Hyun Woo entered the army today on August 7 at the 102th reserve base for four weeks of basic training. He will then begin his 21-month active-duty service. Many fans and reporters came to see him off and Ji Hyun Woo held a brief interview session before he entered the base. Although reporters asked him many questions about Yoo In Na, Ji Hyun Woo simply laughed and avoided answering. Yesterday, representatives of Yoo In Na informed the public that she will not be coming to see him off today. Reports have it that the couple had a dinner date the night before instead. Ji Hyun Woo just briefly thanked people for coming despite the heat and assured fans that he will return healthy and safe.
I, for one, am glad that Yoo In Na didn’t come. What a circus show that would have been for the press. I’m happy to just leave this couple alone so that they can whisper sweet nothings into each others’ ear in the privacy of their love bubble. And I’m just as protective of Yoo In Na as I am of Ji Hyun Woo. Also, Ji Hyun Woo’s fans got to say goodbye to someone they support for his music and performances, not his love life.
He looks happy and healthy in the photos, and that makes me happy. I hope his back injury is all healed now. Ji Hyun Woo said before that he never really had a break since debuting in the industry, so while the army is no picnic, I hope Ji Hyun Woo gets some time for rest, and personal reflection and growth.
I won’t say goodbye, Ji Hyun Woo. I’ll just say “See you later! Stay safe and healthy. I look forward to your return with great music and dramas.”
*I don’t think we’ll be seeing any post-army abs from Ji Hyun Woo. He’s already shown some and and if I remember correctly, Ji Hyun Woo said that he really doesn’t care for working out. Ah well, I guess I’ll just replay Mr. Idol.