By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore
We think superstars tend to live rarified lives, free from the burdens the rest of us average joes have to bear with, like taking public transport, picking up after ourselves, and things like national service. Well, in Korea, at least the last bit isn’t true.
According to reports in the Straits Times, rapper-singer Kwon Ji Yong, also better-known as G-Dragon, began his mandatory military service with a five-week basic training camp, not unlike Singapore’s Basic Military Training phase, or BMT for short.
Of course, while us Singaporean guys basically head in with mums and girlfriends looking sad, and dads chortling how it’s not as tough as “their time”, G-Dragon’s enlistment day was abit different.
According to the report, fans from around the world gathered at his training camp site in Cherwon, Gangon Province, to wish him luck on his new adventure.
And amusingly further reports seem to indicate that instead of the Korean army tekan-ing G-Dragon, G-Dragon seems to be making the army suffer instead.
YG Entertainment, which represents the singer-rapper, issued a notice on its social media account and website, saying: “G-Dragon is in a difficult position within his military unit as the amount of incoming mail from fans is excessive.”
Explaining further, the agency reveals that every email sent to the Korean army has to be printed and handed over to their soldiers. But the sheer mass of emails sent to G-Dragon is utilising all the ink and paper allocated to their printers, and affecting the efficiency of the entire office, while affecting other soldiers in training getting their own letters.
That can’t be good for morale, and guys who’ve done their own National Service in Singapore would know it wouldn’t make G-Dragon very popular with his own campmates. But his agency is trying to mitigate his chances of getting a blanket party.
“G-Dragon feels sorry to fellow training soldiers and also to his fans, as he cannot possibly read all of the letters,” the notice read.
But maybe the Korean army should just buy more printers- they’re also expecting another television star, actor Lee Min Ho, to start his own four week BMT stint later this month. And G-Dragon’s fellow members from Big bang, Daesung and Taeyang, are set to enlist as well.
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