INFINITE Hoya leaves the group permanently
On August 30, 2017, Star News reported that, Hoya or also known as Lee Howon is no longer a member of INFINITE.
In the beginning of summer of 2017, INFINITE member contracts with Woollim Entertainment came to an end. During this whole time members were in discussions with the agency about the contract renewals.
In the morning of August 30th, Woollim has released a statement, that all members have renewed their contracts, except for member Hoya.
“Excluding INFINITE member Hoya (Lee Howon), Kim Sunggyu, Jang Dongwoo, Nam Woohyun, Lee Sungyeol, L, Lee Sungjong have completed the renewal of the contracts. We are currently preparing to restructure the group to a six member group.”
Unfortunately, Hoya decided not to renew the contract and go his own separate path.
“While discussing the renewal of the contract, Hoya decided he wants to walk a different path to fulfill his dreams.”
“We and the other members of the INFINITE decided to respect his choice”
As a result, INFINITE is going to promote as a six member group in the future.
The Official statement of Woollim Entertainment:
“Good morning. It’s Woollim Entertainment.
First of all, We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the fans, who love the group INFINITE.
We will give you the official position regarding the renewal of INFINITE member contracts.
INFINITE’s Hoya (real name: Lee Howon) has been together with us for the last 7 years and his exclusive contract with us has expired on June 9, 2017 and is now officially over.
We want to say that we are sorry to the fans, who adore and support INFINITE and that we have to bring such sad news.
At the time of the expiration of the exclusive contract with Woollim Entertainment, in the beginning of June, the member Hoya (real name: Lee Howon) decided to walk a different way to fulfill his dream, while discussing the contract with us. We decided to respect it.
Because it is a big decision it took us a long time to make a careful choice. After the discussion, we decided to respect the choice of Hoya (real name: Lee Howon) and concluded that he will be withdrawing from INFINITE and his contract with us will remain terminated.
We completed the renewal of the contract with the rest of the members, and they plan to take on activities as a 6 member group from now on. We are hoping that you will actively support their group and individual activities as well.
Infinite members will do their best for fans, who have always loved and supportrd INFINITE, and we will look forward to coming back to the fans with better music and activities in the future.
It is important to note, that we are sincerely sorry, that we have been delaying delivering the news, in order to make a prudent decision, and that we have encouraged the fans so much.
Finally, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the fans and ask for their support of 6 INFINITE members and Hoya.
Thank you for your support.”
Since then, Hoya took to his Instagram to explain the situation and apologize to the fans in a hand-written letter.
Translation of Hoya’s letter
“First of all, I would like to apologize for making everyone worried with these sudden news and say sorry to my fans, who got tired of waiting for so long.
I really wanted to say this myself, but first official statements had to be released so I couldn’t say anything.
I was thinking really hard for a long time how to deliver my feelings.
First of all, our INFINITE co-members… Sunggyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Sungyeol, Myungsoo and Sungjong. Again, I wanna say thanks and sorry.
I was lacking a lot and I know the only reason INSPIRIRTS loved me is because of my co-members.
I will always remember sincere love of INSPIRITS for me. Thank you and I’m sorry.
I want to say thank you to CEO Lee Joongyeop and all Woollim staff for bringing me, who had nothing to where I am now.
I want to let them know again, that I am thankful from the bottom of my heart.
I’ll work hard from now on.
I’m sorry that I worried so many people.
Thanks for reading this long letter.” – Hoya wrote on his Instagram
From now on, INFINITE will be a six member group. Of course, we wish all the best to the members and to Hoya. Good luck!
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Source: Star News