On April 12, Kim Bum officially announced that he'll be enlisting as a public service worker this month on April 26. It was explained that the actor is unable to serve active duty due to a hereditary illness.
OSEN asked a rep of King Kong by Starship to explain the illness Kim Bum is suffering from. However, the rep rejected the question, and stated, "We cannot reveal what the hereditary illness is exactly because it is his private issue."
Meanwhile, netizens are firing criticism toward the actor, commenting, "Why are all celebrities considered disabled when it comes to military enlistment?", "Male celebrities with good bodies are like hawks but they all end up serving as public service workers..", "All male celebrities have some disease or illness. What a coincidence", and more.