One of the members of Super Junior has just announced that he is leaving the all-male K-pop group.
Kangin returned to Instagram on Thursday – the first time in eight months – to deliver the news about his departure.
“As of this moment, I plan to let go of the name Super Junior, a name I had for a very long time,” he said in Korean, as translated by All K-Pop.
“I’ve always felt nothing but feelings of apology toward my members,” he added. “I’ve always felt that I needed to come to this decision as soon as possible, but due to the kind hearts of those who cheer me on unchangingly as well as my label’s staff despite my faults, I was not able to summon the courage, and I also felt I was not in a situation where I could decide blindly on my own.”
“However, due to my own problems, I had to watch my members suffer misfortunes that they should not have had to face, and I’ve come to the decision that I cannot delay it any longer.”
Kangin went on to thank his fellow Super Junior members and his label’s staff “for respecting me until the end,” as well as his fans “for the overflowing love that you always sent me for the past 14 years.”
“I will cheer for the success of Super Junior forever,” he ended.