K-Pop Star Taemin Will Complete Military Service as a Public Service Worker Due to Mental Health Issues

Taemin is taking on a new role.

Following his enlistment as a member of South Korea’s military band, the 28-year-old SHINee star will be completing the rest of his service as a public service worker, SM Entertainment announced Friday (January 14).

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According to the announcement, Taemin was transferred from the military band to public service due to depression and anxiety issues.

“Due to the symptoms of depression and anxiety that Taemin has been suffering from before [his enlistment], he continued to receive treatment and therapy even while carrying out his service. However, because his symptoms recently worsened, the military determined that it had become impossible for him to continue his military life and treatment at the same time, and he was accordingly transferred to supplementary service,” they said in a statement. (Translation via Soompi.)

“Therefore, Taemin plans to fulfill his military duty as a public service worker. We apologize for giving you cause for concern through this sudden news, and we will continue to focus on Taemin’s treatment in the future and do our utmost to ensure that he can find stability.”

We ae wishing Taemin the best with his health and in his continued service.

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