Bad news for fans of K-Pop group THE BOYZ (더보이즈). It was announced that member Hwall (활) has officially left the group.
The 19-year-old idol has been suffering from ankle injury for the past few months since July this year.
The boy band’s home label, Cre.Ker Entertainment recently came out with an official statement that reads:
“Hello, this is Cre.Ker Entertainment. First of all, we would like to thank all of the fans for their endless love and interest they give THE BOYZ. We would like to share some sad news about Hwall.
Hwall had temporarily put to halt all his official activities and album promotions due to his poor ankle injury, and is currently under recovery. We also had in-depth conversations with Hwall and his family about the possibility of future activities.”
After careful consideration, Hwall expressed his intentions to stop his activities, due to various health reasons and psychological burdens. After fully discussing the issue with Hwall and his family, we have decided to respect his intentions.
We are announcing that Hwall has ended his time as a member of THE BOYZ. We are very sorry to announce these news to the fans who have been waiting for his return. We will continue to provide support for the recovery of Hwall, and support his future course of action.
Even though he will no longer be a member of THE BOYZ, we will continue to cheer on his future, and he will focus on his recovery while still cheering for his group. We ask for your understanding. THE BOYZ will work hard to meet fans soon with better music and promotions. Thank you.”
Following the recent announcement, Hwall also shared a handwritten letter to his fans to address the news. The lengthy post reads:
“Hello~ This is THE BOYZ’s Hwall. To THE B (THE BOYZ fans) whom I sincerely love, I am greeting you through writing as I have something to tell you. I really regret that I can only greet you through writing, but I will put in sincerity into every word.
I am letting you know that I made the decision to conclude activities as THE BOYZ’s Hwall after long and careful deliberation. I was so happy to receive the love of many fans with every performance, and more than anything, I was eager to achieve my dream (of becoming a well-rounded entertainer who is loved around the world), so I received rehab treatment after my leg surgery.
However, it became a great burden on myself to perform on stage in an imperfect state due to various health reasons, and I expressed my desire to halt activities after deliberating for a long time with my family, members, and agency.
I gained so much memories and experiences after meeting many great people including our THE Bs, fellow members, and Cre.Ker family. I wanted to express my sincere gratitude (to them) as I’ve learned so much through these valuable relationships.
To fellow THE Bs whom I cherish and love so much, thank you so much for always being my strength when I’m having a difficult or tiring time, and for giving me so much love. You must have waited for a long time, so I feel really apologetic to deliver this news. And our members of The Boyz who always supported and comforted me by my side like brothers, I am so sorry to not be able to go with you until the end. I will continue cheering them on, so please continue supporting and loving THE BOYZ.
I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has sincerely supported and given lots of love to me while I was promoting. I promise to always be with all of you who I love and am grateful for, and I will work harder and grow better, not as THE BOYZ’s Hwall, but as Heo Hyun Jun from now on. I’m sorry…and along with sad feelings as I conclude this letter, once again I would like to sincerely thank you.
– From Hyun Jun who admires and loves fans.”
The 12-member band will be celebrating their 2nd debut anniversary this year. They made their 1st appearance as a group back in December 2017 with the single “Boy”.
Sending our biggest loves and supports to Hwall. Best of luck for his future endeavours ahead.