This is a sad day for Monbebe. Following several scandals that surfaced this week, Wonho (이호석) has officially left MONSTA X (몬스타엑스).

Just hours ago, Starship Entertainment announced that the 26-year-old singer will be leaving the K-pop boy group. That being said, MONSTA X will continue on with 6 members – Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney and I.M.

The company said that legal action will be taken against malicious rumours out there. In case you’re not up to date, Wonho’s past came back to haunt him after Jung Daeun claimed that he still owes her a whopping 30,000,000 won!

Han Seo Hee also took to Twitter to drop some serious allegations. In a series of tweets, the controversial figure spilled that Wonho had previously gone to juvenile detention when he was 17 years old. “I know what you did in 2008. Suwon Detention Center on special charges. I haven’t even started. Doesn’t being in a juvenile detention center make you a convict?” she wrote.

Source: Instagram

In an effort to salvage Pandora’s box, Wonho has decided that it would be best not to drag MONSTA X into his mess. Check out his full letter (as translated by soompi) below:


This is Wonho.

First, I would like to apologize for not being able to keep the promise that I would only provide good memories to our fans and for causing them pain. Furthermore, I apologize for causing concern to many people due to my personal issues.

I have received undeserving blessings and love while promoting as a MONSTA X member. I sincerely thank you for making precious memories for me. To the members who worked hard with me and stayed with me, I would like to tell them that I’m thankful and that I love them. [I would also like to show them] my apologetic heart.

There was a time when I was immature and have made big and small mistakes, but after becoming a trainee and making my debut, I stayed on track and worked hard to avoid being ashamed of myself.

I am announcing that I am leaving MONSTA X today.

I am apologetic for causing harm to the members due to the unfortunate issues related to me. More than anything, I am sorry for disappointing my fans who believed in me. I have reached this decision after seeing many people having a hard time because of me.

In addition to our members, I once again sincerely bow my head in apology to the fans who have believed in me and supported me.

Please give strength to MONSTA X. The members have nothing to do with me. I carefully ask that you at least give support and encouragement to the members. They are people who are too good to stop and get hurt like this because of someone like me. I am so thankful and apologetic to the staff, members, and lastly our fans who have allowed me to enjoy such happiness until this point.

We are heartbroken that it had to come to this 🙁

Source: Soompi, Allkpop.

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