After the sudden announcement a few days ago, BTS‘s V and his bandmates RM, Jimin, and Jungkook are all gearing up for their military enlistment.
V will enlist together with RM on December 11, and as part of his preparation, the idol has undergone a significant transformation by shaving his hair — a common practice for those about to enter military service in South Korea.
Just minutes ago, V took to Instagram to unveil his new look, surprising fans worldwide. He posted a picture where he’s seen sporting a buzzcut, a stark contrast to his usually styled hair. The photo, captioned “D-1,” indicates a countdown to his enlistment date.
Despite the drastic change — the BTS star is infamous for the beautiful perm we’re used to seeing him in — V looks as handsome as ever. In the picture, which is already making the rounds on social media, he’s donning an orange leather jacket, a blue neck scarf, and a pair of stylish shades, maintaining his reputation as a fashion icon.
The Instagram post features not just one, but three photos of V with his new haircut. One of the pictures reveals a more personal side of V, where he shares that he’s always wanted to try the “shaved hair with shade” look, seizing this opportunity to fulfill this dream.
In another photo, V is seen holding a cake, seemingly celebrating his illustrious career with BTS. The final image presents V as a gift to fans, with a cute ribbon tied around his head, adding a whimsical charm to his new military-ready appearance.
V’s sudden hair transformation has sparked a flurry of reactions on Twitter, with fans expressing a mix of surprise and admiration.
Taehyung said he wanted to try on sunglasses with shaved hair and it went well. He liked it😭😭😭😭😭✌🏻 pic.twitter.com/xoCzzdqFnI
— thv updates (@DailylofV) December 10, 2023
I’m really sad, in fact I’m downright depressed. Taehyung has been my stone for many years through lots of struggles, my health troubles. I’ve relieved on taehyung a lot for my emotional support. I don’t know how I’ll be able to go day after day. forever borahae taehyung
— prince kim's fan || ʟᴀʏᴏ(ꪜ)ᴇʀ (@WinterTaeta) December 9, 2023
taehyung waking up in cold sweat: something is wrong… drop the insta story spam
— ً (@snowflowerist) December 5, 2023
While they wholeheartedly embrace his new look, the BTS fandom, known as ARMY, is also grappling with the reality of his impending absence. V’s enlistment — following Jin, J-Hope, and Suga‘s recent departures for the same reason — marks a significant moment for BTS and their fans, as they continue to support each member’s journey through this mandatory chapter of their lives.
knowing that this could be one of the last times we get a photo dump on instagram from taehyung for a long while makes me so sad 🙁
— violet ☆ thv (@celinetae_) December 7, 2023
Taehyung so unbothered and so confident about his bald hair, and just 'damn let me post this' t on his instagram ig with 63 million followers to see. And with a countdown too😆 its never boring w our beloved tae pic.twitter.com/2FUEJcP0tc
— Taehyung Tiktok (@KTH_Tiktok) December 10, 2023
As V steps into this new phase, the buzzcut symbolizes a new beginning, and while fans will miss his presence, they remain proud and supportive of his dedication to serving their country.