Hongbin is longer a member of VIXX.
The 26-year-old South Korean idol and boy band member departed from the group on Friday (August 7), his agency Jellyfish Entertainment revealed in a statement.
“First, we express our sincere gratitude to fans who love VIXX a lot, and we are conveying sad news. On August 7, Hongbin shared his intention to withdraw from VIXX. After careful discussion with the VIXX members and Hongbin, we are respecting his wishes and so it’s been decided that he will leave the group. It’s planned that VIXX will promote as a five-member group in the future. We are very sorry to fans for causing concern with this sudden news, and we ask you to continue to love and support the VIXX members,” they said.
Back in February, Hongbin made some critical comments about fellow idol groups during a Twitch live stream, finding himself in the center of controversy and causing him and Jellyfish Entertainment to apologize.
This week, Hongbin posted on Twitch saying he was preparing to return to the platform.
“I’ve been thinking that I want to be doing fun broadcasts again where we can laugh and chat while gaming together. Many changes have happened while I was taking a break from broadcasts. I’m still adjusting, so I’m a bit all over the place. I still don’t know how the broadcasts might change in the future as well, but I’m planning on doing broadcasts that you can comfortably watch while laughing and chatting like before,” he said.
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