After Yong Jun-hyung’s departure, FT Island’s leader Choi Jong-hoon has also announced his retirement from the K-pop industry following his recent controversy.
His management FNC Entertainment has released a statement to officially announced his retirement, “It was decided today that Choi Jong Hoon, who has evoked criticism with involvement in a recent series of incidents, will be leaving FT ISLAND.”
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“Our agency would like to make it clear that there was no intention to hide or cover up the truth regarding these matters. Previously, based on our relationship of mutual trust, we checked with him on what he remembers regarding the past incidents before releasing statements. We express deep apologies for causing confusion by releasing inaccurate statements through this process.”
“The agency realises the severity and feels responsibility for these matters, and we will fully cooperate with the police investigation process so that the truth can be clearly identified,” the statement reads as translated by Soompi.
Choi Jong-hoon also formally apologised in a separate statement in regards to his involvement in drunk driving, police bribery, illegal filming, and sharing of illicit videos.
“I am writing this message to apologise to the Korean people who may have felt upset and outraged with me,” he wrote as he expressed his distress and regret over his careless remarks.
Choi also apologised to the victims who were involved and harmed in the incident, but most importantly, to fans who have supported his career. “I’m also sorry that I failed to live up to the expectations you believed in, and that I have betrayed your trust in me.”
“As of today, I will leave the team and retire from the entertainment industry. I will spend my entire life thoroughly reflecting on my past days when I acted carelessly without any feelings of remorse.”
“I will also diligently participate in future investigations without any falsehoods, and I will accept the punishment I deserve. I am sorry,” the 29-year-old ended his statement.
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