KUALA LUMPUR: It has been less than two weeks since K-Pop singer G-Dragon enlisted in the army, but his fellow soldiers are already complaining that his fans are refusing to "release" him.
Koreaboo reported today that G-Dragon's management company YG Entertainment had asked fans to send their letters to him "in moderation" because sending too many e-mails to his training centre inbox had prevented his fellow soldiers from receiving theirs.
YG Entertainment issued a statement yesterday which read: “We have an urgent announcement for G-Dragon fans. With all of your warm support, he is training healthily. However, due to a large amount of letters, G-Dragon is in a difficult situation at the army base. The training centre’s e-mail account (for receiving letters) is frozen due to the abundance of letters for him. The e-mails are printed out then distributed to the soldiers-in-training, so paper and ink are running out. Due to this overload, the other soldiers have been unable to receive their letters. As this situation repeats itself, G-Dragon has to apologise to fellow trainees. In an unfamiliar environment, fan support has been a source of strength for him. However, for the sake of his training camp life, please send letters moderately. Thank you.”
G-Dragon joined the South Korean Army's Third Infantry Division recruit training centre in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province on Feb 27.
He turned up at the centre in an all-black outfit. Despite a hat and a mask covering his face, he looked calm.
The Division, also known as the White Skull Unit, also sees his fellow celebrities Ji Chang Wok and Joo Won.
After five weeks of basic training, G-Dragon will be transferred to one of the units under the Third Division. He will then serve as an active duty soldier before being discharged on Nov 26, next year.