Wonho Announces His Departure From Monsta X
The South Korean singer’s sudden decision comes as a shock to the group’s fans across the globe
In a move that shocked fans across the world, Monsta X’s Wonho announced earlier today that he will be withdrawing from the group. The news comes just two days after the group’s successful comeback with their new EP Follow: Find You. An official statement from Monsta X’s label Starship Entertainment made the initial announcement, followed by Wonho himself confirming his decision via a hand-written letter to his fans posted on the group’s official FanCafe account.
스타쉽 엔터테인먼트입니다. pic.twitter.com/2MSbpudbvf
— STARSHIP Ent. (@STARSHIPent) October 31, 2019
Over the past few weeks the singer was caught up in rumours alleging he had borrowed money from his Ulzzang Shidae co-star Jung Da Eun– a claim Starship Entertainment stated was false. The statement did nothing to quell malicious online comments and criticism aimed at Wonho. In his letter, vocalist apologized to his fans and stated that he made the decision to leave to protect Monsta X from further scrutiny.
His letter to fans reads as follows:
This is Wonho.
First, I would like to apologize for not being able to keep the promise that I would only provide good memories to our fans and for causing them pain. Furthermore, I apologize for causing concern to many people due to my personal issues.
I have received undeserving blessings and love while promoting as a MONSTA X member. I sincerely thank you for making precious memories for me. To the members who worked hard with me and stayed with me, I would like to tell them that I’m thankful and that I love them. [I would also like to show them] my apologetic heart.
There was a time when I was immature and have made big and small mistakes, but after becoming a trainee and making my debut, I stayed on track and worked hard to avoid being ashamed of myself.
I am announcing that I am leaving MONSTA X today.
I am apologetic for causing harm to the members due to the unfortunate issues related to me. More than anything, I am sorry for disappointing my fans who believed in me. I have reached this decision after seeing many people having a hard time because of me.
In addition to our members, I once again sincerely bow my head in apology to the fans who have believed in me and supported me.
Please give strength to MONSTA X. The members have nothing to do with me. I carefully ask that you at least give support and encouragement to the members. They are people who are too good to stop and get hurt like this because of someone like me. I am so thankful and apologetic to the staff, members, and lastly our fans who have allowed me to enjoy such happiness until this point.
Starship Entertainment has further clarified that Monsta X will continue to promote their latest album Follow: Find You this week and release music in the future as a six-member group. In the two hours since the announcement however, fans have flooded social media with messages to Wonho, asking him to reconsider his departure from the group.
I’m sorry, Wonho. I think we’re being too selfish. But I hope you forgive us for being this selfish and asking you not to leave. It’s too painful for mx and mbbs but you’re in pain too.. This must’ve been a very painful decision but please, reconsider. 제발 사랑해🥺#원호탈퇴반대 pic.twitter.com/e6Ghgft4Vg
— wonhodeservesbetter#원호탈퇴반대 (@armonbebe) October 31, 2019
Please Wonho don’t leave Monsta X forever. You are an amazing man with a warm and kind, soul and heart! I wish I could have protected you from all that has happened lately because I hate knowing that you feel guilty and sad you did nothing wrong #원호탈퇴반대 @OfficialMonstaX pic.twitter.com/nLOvFQtMr3
— Jeanett (@jeanettfjeld) October 31, 2019
#Wonho You don’t have to leave monbebe will support you please don’t go take a break but don’t go please don’t go please don’t leave we’re not done fighting for you you’ve became an amazing man no matter your past you’re here now please don’t go yet please @OfficialMonstaX
— I LOVE YOU WONHO (@MINHYUK1193) October 31, 2019