On August 7, Jellyfish Entertainment announced the following statement:
This is jellyfish.
We share an official statement regarding VIXX member Hongbin.
First of all, we would like to express our sincere thanks to fans who love VIXX and convey sad news.
On August 7, Hongbin announced his intention to withdraw from VIXX. After careful discussions with VIXX members and Hongbin, we respect his wishes and it has been decided that he will leave the group.
It is planned that VIXX will promote as a group of five in the future. We sincerely regret the fans for worrying about this sudden news and ask you to continue to love and support the VIXX members.
In February, Hongbin made some comments on other idol groups during a Twitch stream, and some of the comments were controversial. After the show, both Jellyfish Entertainment and Hongbin apologized.
On August 6, Hongbin shared a post on Twitch in which he gave an update for fans. After first asking how everyone was doing, he announced his intentions to return to the platform.
“I thought that I would like to do funny shows again, where we could laugh and chat while playing together,” he wrote. “There have been a lot of changes during my break from the shows. I’m still adjusting, so I’m a little bit everywhere. I still don’t know how the shows might change in the future, but I’m planning shows that you can watch comfortably while laughing and chatting as before. “
“It is possible that you will see how inexperienced I am and still hike, but I will try harder so that they are fun shows that we can enjoy together,” he added. “I’m sorry you have to wait so long. See you soon.”
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