Kim Young-woon or better known by his stage name Kangin has officially announced his departure from popular K-pop group Super Junior who he had been with for 14 long years.

After staying silent for almost 8 months, the 34-year-old announced the news in a long post where he apologised to fans and the rest of Super Junior’s members.

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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.

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Here’s the translated version:-

“Hello. This is Kangin. It’s really been a long time since I’ve delivered news to you all. My heart is heavy as the news I have is not good news, but after a long debate, I am writing to you.

As of this moment, I plan to let go of the name ‘Super Junior’, a name I had for a very long time.

I’ve always felt nothing but feelings of apology toward my members.

I’ve always felt that I needed to come to this decision as soon as possible, but due to the kind hearts of those who cheer me on unchangingly as well as my label’s staff despite my faults, I was not able to summon the courage, and I also felt that I was not in a situation where I could decide anything blindly on my own.

However, due to my own problems, I had to watch my members suffer misfortunes that they should not have had to face, and I’ve come to the decision that I cannot delay it any longer. More than anything, I am full of apology toward E.L.F for the excessive love that you always sent me for the past 14 years.

This may be too late, but even as I let go of the name ‘Super Junior’ and begin walking on my own, I will always remember these feelings of gratitude and apology. 

I want to sincerely say thank you to my members and my label’s staff for respecting me until the end. I will cheer for the success of Super Junior forever. Thank you.”

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자카르타를 뜨겁게 달군, 웰메이드 ‘#슈퍼쇼7S’! ✔다채로운 단체 무대와 유닛, 솔로 무대 ✔2시간 30분 동안 총 23곡 선사, 열띤 환호 ✔인도네시아 국민 가수 #Rossa(로싸)와 함께한 컬래버레이션 무대 ✔감동의 플래카드 이벤트 “언제까지나 곁에 있어요” – #슈퍼주니어 소감💭 “오늘 여러분과 함께 하는 이 시간이 정말 행복했습니다. 여러분의 사랑이 담긴 함성 소리를 가슴에 새겨갈게요”, “이제 한국에 돌아가 슈퍼주니어의 새 앨범과 ‘슈퍼쇼 8’을 준비하려 합니다. 더 좋은 앨범과 콘서트로 돌아올 테니 그때까지 기다려주시고 많은 응원 부탁 드립니다” – #SUPERJUNIOR #SUPERSHOW7S

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Earlier last month, some Korean members of Super Junior’s official fan club E.L.F, have called out for a boycott against Super Junior who was making a comeback without Kangin and Sungmin.

But fans have announced that they will be boycotting everything related to Super Junior until Kangin and Sungmin are officially removed from the group.

“We demand Kangin and Sungmin’s departure… Kangin and Sungmin damage Super Junior’s image as a whole. Kangin and Sungmin’s departure should no longer be delayed and we agreed there needs to be stronger action taken,” Super Junior’s fandom released an official statement.

“We announce to indefinitely boycott Super Junior and all members’ activities until the agency release a clear statement,” read the statement.

The protest happened due to Kangin and Sungmin’s previous controversies where Kangin was found guilty of multiple hit and runs under the influence of alcohol as well as getting arrested for physically assaulting his girlfriend, while Sungmin was criticised for controversial marriage.

Super Junior’s management Label SJ has also confirmed Kangin’s departure news. “We have decided to respect Kangin’s decision to leave the group voluntarily. This does not affect his exclusive contract with the company; however, nothing has been decided regarding his future promotions.” 

Sources: Meaww, Koreaboo, AllKpop

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