Following in Wonder Girls’ Sunye and Super Junior’s Sungmin’s footsteps, F.T. Island’s Choi Minhwan is the next active idol to get married.
The 25-year-old drummer revealed his plans to marry girlfriend Yulhee, former member of girl group Laboum, in an Instagram post today addressed to Primadonnas, F.T. Island’s fans.
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안녕하세요, 최민환입니다. 프리 여러분들께.. 공식적으로 가장 먼저 말씀드리고 싶은 소식이 있어서 편지를 쓰게 되었습니다. 여러분들이 제 마음을 어떻게 받아들일지 많은 생각과 걱정을 했고 오랜 고민끝에 제 진심을 전해드리기로 마음먹게 됐습니다. 힘든일도 많았지만 서로를 믿고 의지하며 지내온 여자친구와 사랑에 대한 확신으로 그 결실을 맺으려고 합니다. 결혼이라는 저의 인생에 있어서 큰결정을 내리고 많은 분들의 축하속에서 고마움을 많이 느꼈습니다. 또한 제가 감사해야할 사람들이 얼마나 많은지 다시 한번 느끼게됐습니다. 데뷔전부터 지금까지 곁에서 늘 함께하고 있는 가족같은 멤버들에게 이소식을 이야기하였을때 모두 진심으로 축하해주었고 또 다른 미래를 이야기할수있는 새로운 사이가 되었습니다. 어떻게 보답을 해드려야할지 모르겠지만.. 무엇보다 제가 감사드릴수있는 존재가 되어주신 여러분들께 진심으로 고마운 마음을 전합니다. 10년이 넘는 활동내내 저와 함께 걸어가주시는 여러분들께 지금까지 그랬듯 항상 감사한 마음 잊지 않겠습니다. 저는 지금 이자리에서 다시 또 열심히 성실하게 음악으로 보답하겠습니다. 정말 감사합니다.
Minhwan, the youngest member of the group, wrote: “After making one of life’s biggest decisions that is marriage, I’m grateful for receiving a lot of congratulatory messages from so many people. It also makes me realised how many people I have to be thankful to.”
He added, “When I spoke to my members who have been with me before debut till now and are like my family, they congratulated me from the bottom of their hearts and we talked about a different future.”
He also thanked fans for sticking by him for the last 10 years and made a promise to return and show his gratitude through music.
Minhwan and Yulhee were revealed to be dating in September last year when the latter accidentally made her couple photos with him accessible to her friends on Instagram. In November, she left the group, citing that she no longer wishes to be in the entertainment industry.
According to various news reports, Yulhee, who is 20, is reportedly pregnant. Neither the couple nor F.T. Island’s agency, FNC Entertainment, has confirmed those reports.
On the other hand, Minhwan’s bandmates have also taken it to Instagram to congratulate him.
Leader Jong Hoon wrote, “Our youngest member, the sincere and responsible younger brother. Although you’re young, we believe that you’ll live happily, [which is why] we are supporting you and giving you our blessings. Of course, Yulhee is also kind and sincere. I hope this beautiful couple will forever have a happy home. Be happy. Congratulations! Our eternal maknae, Minari.”
Hongki also wrote, “Our maknae! Choi Minari! Is getting married! A very big congratulations, this is amazing. Live happily and healthily. As you said, let’s work harder to make music. Are you happy to marry before us? Look at the facial expression of Jonghoon, who is next to you… (laughs) My little brother, congratulations and be happy. I also want to get married! PS: Primadonna. Are you surprised? Or you could be hating him too. That’s why Minhwan was very worried about you. He said he would make a lot of better music. We always want to be your best friend. Please give your blessings~”
Jaejin wrote, “Congratulations! Minhwan, you beat your brothers and went first on your road to happiness. In future, we will continue to bless your life and your marriage. And to our Primadonnas, please give your blessings to Minhwan too!”
Seunghyun, who is the same age as Minhwan, wrote, “Minhwan! I’ll always be by your side! Congratulations on your marriage and as a senior in life, please show me your guidance. Congratulations!”
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