Highlight’s Lee Gikwang Shares How He’s Changed During Military Service

On November 19, Highlight’s Lee Gikwang held a V Live broadcast to talk about his fans after his official discharge from mandatory military service.

Lee Gikwang enlisted back in April 2019 as a conscripted policeman. In the live broadcast, he said, “I’ll work hard as a public figure and as Highlight’s Gikwang. I’m going to think about what to do next, work hard at exercising, and return with a new and cooler image, so please wait patiently for me.”

He continued, “A lot has happened, but I pray that only good things will be in our future. I want to age gracefully with everyone while working hard and enjoying life.”

Lee Gikwang shared some stories from his service. He said, “As a conscripted policeman, when there were demonstrations, we had to go to Seoul to support the police. By coincidence, I was sent to the same area as [Son] Dongwoon. I wasn’t able to meet him directly, but we saw each other’s buses go by.”

He added, “When I felt tired and exhausted, I would get letters from fans and feel comforted. My heart grew warm and I wanted to see you all as soon as possible. I hope COVID-19 will end soon and I’ll be able to greet you and hear your cheers and laughter in person. The letters were a big source of strength for me. Thank you again.”

However, he emphasized the importance of staying healthy. “Health is the most important thing,” he said. “As long as you’re healthy, you can enjoy whatever you want to do. I pray that all of you will be healthy enough to achieve whatever you want to do.”

He continued, “I’m also exercising a lot. I do moderate aerobic exercise, moderate muscle exercise, a moderate amount of soccer, a moderate amount of hiking. I’m also taking care with my meals. I think that my jaw and nose have gotten sharper. It feels like I’m returning to my former appearance.”

He quipped, “You have no idea how much I’ve worked out. I want to show you, but… During our time as BEAST, they called me ‘fisherman Gikwang,’ but [my body] is in even better shape since then.”

He added, “I received a full health examination in the military and I surpassed 172 cm [about 5 feet, 7.72 inches]. I want to tell Naver about this. Right now my profile [on Naver] says I’m 170.8 cm, and it makes me look petty, so I would like to change it. I think I grew taller because I ate well and lived a regular life in the military. I wish I’d grown a little taller. If I’d gone earlier, maybe I could’ve grown to 178 cm [5 feet 10 inches].”

Lee Gikwang mentioned Highlight’s Son Dongwoon again, saying, “Dongwoon has about 20 days left. How happy must he be? I’ve been in that position. It feels both exciting, but also a little sad. It’s almost time for him to wrap up his military life, but he’s such a good kid and someone who does well wherever he is, so I’m sure he did well in the military too. I have faith in him that he treated his superiors and juniors well. I want him to come back soon so we can have fun together again.”

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