Big Bang‘s Taeyang celebrated his 26th (25th international age) birthday today on May 18, but rather than make the day about him, he made sure to thank his fans and pay his respects to those affected by the ‘5.18 Gwangju Democratization Movement‘. Taeyang shared, “Although today is my birthday, it is also a historic day that we can’t forget. The sentiment I feel every year from being born on this meaningful day is always different! I will live out my day with a thankful mindset as I remember the people who congratulated me and the people who became a piece of history.” 5.18 is the day that Taeyang brought his swag into the world, but it is also the day of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, which honors the civilians who lost their lives during the unfortunate event that took place in 1980. He continued to show his heart of gold by taking time to thank his fans, saying: "Thanks ya'll for wishing me a happy birthday!!:) I'm really happy that i have ya'll in my life :) I'm nothing without ya'll !!" As some of you may recall, last month he also asked fans to donate instead of giving him gifts on his birthday. YG Entertainment also officially celebrated his birthday with an image (shown above) posted through their SNS accounts and on the YG-Life blog. With the caption, “Are you Ready!” perhaps he’s preparing for a solo comeback? If that’s the case, that would be a truly nice gift for his fans. Happy Birthday, Taeyang!