On July 11, mega K-pop boy band Super Junior lost another member after Kangin announced his departure from the group via an Instagram post.
After eight months of radio silence on social media, the singer posted a message on his personal Instagram to announce that he was leaving the group after being a Super Junior member for 14 years.
“Hello. This is Kangin. This is my first greeting to all of you in a long time.
I say this with a heavy heart as this is not good news. After much reflection and consideration, I decided to post this.
I have decided to let go of the name “Super Junior” which has been with me for a very long time.
All this time, I felt extremely apologetic to all my members.
I have always known that it would be better for me to come to a decision sooner but with the unending support I received from kind people around me, I found it difficult to gather courage and make a decision.
However, after seeing many members in my group and people in my agency being troubled because of me, I realised I had to come to a decision now and not delay it any further.
More than anything, I am the most sorry to E.L.F who have been loving me unconditionally for the past 14 years.
I know this may be too late, but now, I will let go of the name Super Junior. As I continue to walk down my new road alone, I will continue feeling apologetic and I will always carry the gratitude I feel in my heart.
I would like to say thank you to my fellow members and express gratitude to my agency’s staff for being considerate towards me and respecting me all the way until the end.
I always continue cheering on the success of Super Junior forever.
Super Junior’s company, Label SJ, also confirmed that he will no longer be part of the boy band but will still stay with the group’s parent company, SM Entertainment, until his contract expires.
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안녕하세요. 강인입니다. 정말 오랜만에 여러분들께 소식을 전하네요. 좋지 않은 소식이라 마음이 무겁지만 고심 끝에 글을 올립니다. 저는 이제 오랜 시간 함께했던 ‘슈퍼주니어’란 이름을 놓으려 합니다. 항상 멤버들에게는 미안한 마음뿐이었습니다 하루라도 빨리 결심하는 것이 맞다고 항상 생각해왔지만 못난 저를 변함 없이 응원해 주시는 분들과 회사 식구들이 마음에 걸려 쉽사리 용기 내지 못했고 그 어떤것도 제가 혼자 결정해서는 안된다는 생각도 했습니다 하지만 제 문제로 인해 겪지 않아도 될 일들을 겪는 멤버들을 지켜보면서 더 이상 늦춰서는 안되겠다는 판단을 하게 되었습니다. 무엇보다 14년이란 오랜 시간 동안 언제나 과분한 사랑을 주신 E.L.F. 여러분들께 가장 죄송한 마음입니다. 많이 늦었지만 슈퍼주니어란 이름을 내려놓고 홀로 걷는 길에도 항상 미안함과 고마움을 가슴에 새기고 나아가겠습니다. 끝까지 저를 배려해 준 멤버들과 회사 식구분들께 정말 감사하다는 말씀 드리고 싶습니다. 언제나 슈퍼주니어가 승승장구하기를 응원하겠습니다. 감사합니다.
Kangin debuted in Super Junior in 2005 under SM Entertainment. However, since 2009, he has been involved in numerous scandals, including driving under the influence (DUI) and alleged violence. He rejoined the group in 2012 for their sixth album, Sexy, Free & Single, after his completing national service, but got into another DUI case in 2016.
Super Junior debuted as a 12-member project group before becoming a permanent boy band after Kyuhyun joined. Over the years, Han Geng and Kim Kibum has left the group.