After one year, seven months, and three days, SHINee fans are ready for Key‘s return!
Last year, Key enlisted for his mandatory military service on March 4, and he fulfilled his duties as a member of the military band.
On September 24, SM Entertainment told Star Today news that Key was currently on vacation leave and would be released from service on October 7 without returning to base first. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there would be no separate discharge event.
Key is currently on his year-end leave, and due to the measures taken to prevent spread of the coronavirus, he will be discharged immediately without need to return to base. His official discharge date is 7 October. There will not be any other military discharge event.
— SM Entertainment
Now the day Shawol has been waiting for is finally here! At the stroke of midnight on October 7 (KST), fans around the world began celebrating the end of Key’s enlistment. Many tweeted loving messages and hashtags to let Key know how much they have missed him.
from “i’ll go and return well energetically and healthily” to “your captain freak got ready to fly” now finally our captain freak is back to little freaks! you’ve worked hard our pride soldier kim kibum, welcome home, shinee’s key 🤍#기범이즈백_대장돌아오다#Myfreak_Key_is_back pic.twitter.com/owWbuStrrz
— ❄️ (@winterjonghyun) October 6, 2020
— idol struggle tweets (@idolstruggles) October 6, 2020
END OF ENLISTMENT 🤍
congratulations to kim kibum on completing your mandatory service!! I’ve missed you beyond words but you’ve worked very hard and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the future, much love 🔐🤍#Myfreak_Key_is_back#기범이즈백_대장돌아오다 pic.twitter.com/JI6W8OvRQG
— hourly kim kibum `ㅂ´ (@hourlykibum) October 6, 2020
Key is the second SHINee member to complete his service after Onew, and Minho is currently enlisted in the military.
On behalf of Shawols everywhere, welcome home, Key!