Oh no! FT Island guitarist Song Seung Hyun (송승현) has sadly exited the K-rock band.

The shocking announcement was made official by the group’s home label, FNC Entertainment on Tuesday (24th December).

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The entertainment agency stated that the 27-year-old has decided to not follow his fellow members’ footsteps – Lee Hong Ki, Choi Min Hwan and Lee Jae Jin – in renewing their exclusive contracts with the company, ultimately parting his ways with FT Island.

In light of the unfortunate news, all of his fellow teammates have taken to their Instagram accounts to bid their farewell to Seung Hyun as well as thanked him for staying by their sides for more than a decade in the industry.

Check out their bittersweet messages here:

1. Lee Hong Ki (이홍기)

 

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사랑하는 승현이!! 앞으로 더 성장할 너의 꿈을 무조건 응원한다!!ㅎㅎ 너무 고생했고 많은 추억만들어줘서 고맙고 잊지말자!!ㅎㅎ 내일 보자 😁 사랑한다 내새끼 ❤️

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“Our beloved Seung Hyun-ie!! I’m definitely going to support your dream as you continue to grow!! You’ve worked so hard, thank you for making so many memories with me, and let’s not forget each and every of them!! See you tomorrow. I love you, my kid,” Hong Ki wrote in the caption.

2. Choi Min Hwan (최민환)

 

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그동안 울고 웃으며 10년이 넘는 시간 함께한 우리 승현이.. 돌이켜 보니 정말 많은 일들과 많은 추억들이 스쳐지나가네요. 다른 그어떤 말보다는 멤버로서, 또 친구로서 그동안 너무 고생많았고 고마웠고 사랑한다고 전해주고싶습니다. 우리는 승현이의 앞날을 언제나 응원하고 다시 우리가 함께 무대에 서는날을 기약하며 묵묵히 이자리 지키고 기다리고있을게요! 우리와 함께해준시간 너무 고마웠고 많이 사랑한다 승현아!!

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Drummer Choi Min Hwan posted a selfie photo of him with Seung Hyun, along with a heartfelt message that reads:

“Our Seung Hyun-ie who I’ve spent over 10 years with as we cried and laughed. When I look back now, I’ve seen so many things that have happened and so many memories. The thing I want to say more than anything else is that as a member and as a friend, you’ve worked harder than anyone during that time. I’ve been so grateful, and I love you. We’ll always support your future, and we’ll keep protecting this spot and wait as we remember the days we stood on stage together! I’ve been so grateful for the times we’ve been together, and I love you a lot, Seung Hyun!!”

3. Lee Jae Jin (이재진)

 

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#행복하길🤘🏽 #그동안 #수고했어 #내동생❤️😻 갑작스런 소식에 많이 놀랐을 우리 팬들 걱정이 가장 앞서고 많이 미안합니다. 언제나 함께 하겠다는 약속, FT 잘 지켜달라는 부탁 지켜내지 못한 것 같아 마음이 무겁고, 그 마음을 이렇게 글로 전하게 되어 죄송합니다. 우리 승현이가 팀을 떠나 새로운 여정을 시작하려 합니다. 멤버로써 형제로써 긴 시간 승현이와 함께한 저는 당장의 헤어짐이 속상하고 마음아프지만, 오래 고민하고 내린 승현이의 결정을 응원해주고자 합니다. 항상 밝고 책임감 있는 모습으로 많이 수고해준 승현이에게 고맙다는 말도 전합니다. 얼마 전 상처가 아물기전에 또다른 이별을 겪게 되었지만 그 아픔은 잠시 미뤄두려 합니다. 누구보다 힘들 우리 프리마돈나, 그리고 승현이를 위해 우리 자리를 지키고 언제나처럼 굳게 나아갈 것 입니다. 그렇게 계속 우리로 남아 언제든 돌아올 수 있도록 함께 기다릴겁니다. 승현이가 떠날 새로운 여행에서 자신을 찾은 의미있는 시간 보내며진심으로 행복하길 바랍니다. 여러분도 저희와 함께 응원하고 기다려주세요. 추운 겨울 무사히 보내고 나면 더 따뜻한 봄이 올거라 믿습니다.

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Bassist Lee Jae Jin – who will be enlisting in the military next month – also took to his Instagram to address the unfortunate news. The 28-year-old posted a photo of his handwritten letter. Feel free to read the lengthy content here:

“To Primadonna (FT Island fans), I’m worried about our fans who must be very surprised by the sudden news, and I’m very sorry. It seems we weren’t able to keep our promise to always be together to protect FT Island upon your request. With a heavy heart. I’m sorry for expressing the feelings in my heart like this in a post.

Our Seung Hyun is leaving the team now to start a new journey. As someone who has been with him for a long time as a fellow member and brother, I’m upset and my heart aches over the fact that we’ll be going on separate ways from now on. But I am going to support his decision, which he made after a long time of worrying about it.

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“I want to use this letter as an opportunity to once again say thank you to Seung Hyun, who has always been cheerful and responsible and has always worked hard. We’re going through yet another farewell before our recent wound has healed, but I’m going to brush off that pain for now.

We will protect our spot and firmly go forward for the sake of our Primadonna who will be having an even harder time than anyone else as well as for Seung Hyun. We will continue to remain like this and wait together so that he can come back at any time. 

I really hope that Seung Hyun will spend a happy and meaningful time as he embarks on his new journey in finding himself. Everyone, please give your full support and wait for him together with us! 

Last say, I believe that the warm spring will come after the cold winter goes. Thank you and I love you.

– FTISLAND’s Lee Jae Jin.”

Fingers crossed that he can make his return to the group in the future. All the best in your future career, Song Seung Hyun. :'(

Source: Soompi. / Featured Image: K-Netizen.com

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