Pentagon member Hongseok will be discharged early from his military service. Cube Entertainment, Pentagon’s agency released a statement on December 26. In the statement, the agency said that Hongseok who was previously attached to wartime labour service mobilisation will be discharged from his military service.
It was said, “Hongseok served with continuous treatment and counseling even throughout his military service due to panic disorder and depression symptoms with acrophobia, which he had been suffering from before. However, he has been discharged from the military based on the military’s judgement and measures that his symptoms have worsened and he would not be able to balance military life and treatment.”
The agency also seeks everyone’s understanding and apologises for causing concern for such sudden news, and they pledge to help Hongseok focus on his treatment and stabilise his situation.
Tough for Hongseok
Cube Entertainment said that the 28-year-old singer had been receiving continuous treatment and counselling for his depression and panic disorder throughout his time in the military.
Hongseok was also revealed to have been suffering from agoraphobia, a type of anxiety disorder characterised by the fear of being in an inescapable situation or place.
The Pentagon member joined the army on May 3 this year. He is the third member of Pentagon to undergo his mandatory military service.
Hongseok first enlisted as an active duty soldier in May 2022, shortly after the arrival of PENTAGON’s 12th mini-album and latest domestic release ‘IN:VITE U’. That project had notably been the group’s first since eldest member Jinho completed his own military service months prior.
Born on April 17, 1994, Yang Hong-seok, better known by the mononym Hongseok, is a South Korean singer and actor. He debuted as a vocalist of the group boy group Pentagon in October 2016. Aside from group activities as singer, he has debuted as an actor in the Korean movie, The Love That’s Left.