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Lee Seung Gi Will Enlist In The Military On February 1

BY Adrienne Stanley | Jan 20, 2016 09:11 PM EST

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Lee Seung Gi will begin his mandatory military service on February 1, 2016. Prior to enlisting, he will release the aptly-titled track, "I'm Going to the Military." 

On January 21 (KST), the actor, K-pop vocalist, and emcee released an official statement about his impending enlistment, which was published by the domestic publication, Donga

"I will return as a real man, to thank you all for the love and support I have received, over the years," said Lee, in his official statement.

According to the report, Lee is slated to release "I'm Going to the Military" at January 21 at 12 p.m. KST.

"This song is my story, but I hope anyone who is entering the military soon and their families can relate to it," said Lee. 

Recognized by casting agents and marketers for his wholesome image, the 29-year-old star debuted as a teen soloist in June 2004. 

His breakout track, "Because You're My Girl," gained notoriety as the defining track of "noona romances" or relationships involving older women and younger men.

In 2007, Lee successfully transitioned from music into acting, before emerging as a leading man in the SBS weekend series, "Brilliant Legacy." He followed with starring roles in "My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox," the alternate reality series, "The King of Hearts," "Gu Family Book," and "You're All Surrounded."

His last K-Drama appearance was a noteworthy cameo in the KBS2 weekend hit, "Producer," where he mockingly portrayed himself.

Lee previously spoke about his impending enlistment, during a wrap party for his film, "Chemistry." 

"I am happy to serve," said Lee. "And I will return safe and healthy." 

He is the first K-Drama star to enlist in 2016.

Other leading actors expected to join the military before the end-of-the-year include Lee Min Ho, Yoo Ah In, Jang Geun Suk, Ji Chang Wook, and Joo Wan.

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