The band’s label, Big Hit Music, issued a brief statement saying the reports were “difficult to confirm”.
According to South Korean law, all able-bodied men over the age of 18 are required to serve in the military for up to two years, and the superstardom of BTS is not enough to grant its members an exemption.
Big Hit Music is a subsidiary of the entertainment company HYBE, who announced last month that all seven of BTS’ members would fulfil their military duties.
It is expected all seven will have completed their military service and be discharged by 2025, when BTS would reconvene. At 29 years-old, Jin is the band’s eldest member, and would be the first to enlist on 13 December.
The Big Hit Music statement in response said: “It is difficult to confirm. We ask for your generous understanding.”