10:30 am - 01/28/2016

SPEED loses two members


Speed members Jungwoo and Sejoon have left the group. Jungwoo has also left the company while Sejoon will remain with MBK to pursue acting. The two members announced their departure on social media, Jungwoo first and later in the day, Sejoon. MBK has yet to make a statement and the remaining five group members (Yoohwan, Jongkook, Taeha, Sungmin and Seungri/Ki-o) haven't said anything, either. Speed's 3-year anniversary was on January 17th. This also means that the only original member of COED School left is Sungmin (and he's been on "hiatus" from the group since before their Japanese promotions in fall 2015).

Translation from fy-speed:

jungwookim5: 안녕하세요 정우입니다. 어떤말을 꺼내야할지 모르겠습니다만.. 일단 더 늦어지면 안될것같아 말씀을드리려합니다 .. 최근에 전소속사와 계약이만료되어 일반적인생활로 돌아간 상태입니다. 저를 응원해주고 사랑해주신 딥스 여러분들 진심으로 감사드립니다! 현재 준비하고있는일이있으니 조금 기다려주셨으면 합니다. 저와함께 짧지않은 긴 시간동안 고생해준 스피드멤버들 고생많았고 건강했으면 좋겠습니다. 팬분들에게도 감사드립니다. 항상 건강하시고 행복하셨으면 좋겠습니다 저도 열심히살겠습니다 감사합니다.
↳ Hello this is Jungwoo. I don't know what to say.. First off, I'm saying this because it shouldn't be said later on .. The contract with my previous company has expired, hence I've gone back to a normal life. I'd like to sincerely thank Deeps who have supported and cheered on for me! There is something I'm currently preparing so please wait a little. I wish good health for the Speed members who have gone through hardships for a short let long time with me. Thank you to the fans. Please always stay healthy and happy, I'll do my best too. Thank you.

Not long after this post, Jungwoo made a follow up post on twitter:

Translation by fy-speed:

Also!!! I’ll leave these words before Tweeting again for a while because I think I’ll regret it if I can’t say this! The time I’ve spent with the beloved members and beloved Deeps was not unworthy, I have no regret and it was only full of happy moments. Even if I went through rough times, I was able to withstand it due to Deeps’ support. I love you.
— Jungwoo (@yoosung90) January 27, 2016

Later in the day, Sejoon also posted on Instagram (the post has since been deleted), but the tweet remains:

Here's the instagram post in full, as translated by fy-speed:

bbaksse93: 2016년 재밌고 행복하게 보내고 계신가요~ 날씨가 많이 추워져서 따뜻하게 입고 다니세요! 음..솔직히 뭐라고 말씀을 드려야 할지 모르겠습니다. 어느새 2013년1월에 데뷔한 후에 2016년1월이 오기까지 정말 많은 일들이 있었습니다.3년동안 사랑해주신 여러분들 너무 감사합니다. 저는 이제 MBK엔터테인먼트 배우 박세준으로써 연기자로 전향에 또 다른 모습으로 나타나도록 하겠습니다. 정말 행복하고 값지고 평생 잊지 못할 시간이었습니다. 하나하나 다 기억하고 잊지 않으며 더 멋있는 배우가 되어 보답할수 있도록 할게요. 너무 사랑하고 고마워요 정말. 늦게 얘기하게되서 미안해 그래도 정말 평생 잊지 않을꺼야 계속응원해줘 난 멈추지않고 더 열심히해서 꼭 부끄럽지 않도록 멋있는 사람이 될게 고마워. 딥스. 너무 행복했어!정말 DEEPS❤️SPEED
↳ Are you spending a fun and happy 2016~ The weather has gotten colder so wear warm clothes! Hmm.. I honestly don't know how to say this. After having my debut in January 2013, many things have happened till January 2016 has come. Thank you so much to the people who have loved me for the years. I have turned paths to become actor Park Sejoon of MBK Entertainment and to show a different side to myself. It was a very happy, valuable and unforgettable time. I will remember every single thing, not forget about them and become a cooler actor and repay you. I love you so much and thank you, really. Sorry for informing you late but I will forever never forget about this. Continue supporting me, I won't stop and work even harder And become a cool person you won't be embarassed about Thank you. Deeps. I was so happy! Really DEEPS❤️SPEED

After the post, Sejoon was retweeting a lot of comments from fans (which are still up on his twitter).

Source: Jungwoo's Instagram/Twitter, Sejoon's Twitter, and fy-speed (translations).

I'm so heartbroken, though not surprised (this has been coming since Taewoon left, basically), because Speed's my favorite group and MBK is awful. Also, this is my first post, I hope it's okay, especially since this "article" was written by me.

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seroquels 28th-Jan-2016 04:48 pm (UTC)
Literally me last night (Ben & Jerry's Red Velvet Cake ice cream to be exact)

I just... :( you know how I feel about all this already...*cries some more*

Good job bb! ♥ Wish your first post could've been a happy one, but still a good post nonetheless. *hugshugshugs*

blue_ant 28th-Jan-2016 04:52 pm (UTC)

(not that that gif make sit better)

I know, dude. I know. Writing this post was super hard, actually. I got really emotionally again and then a fansite was posting old photos (I think from when they were in Japan?) and I was like, I can't cry again, I'm on desk!

*HUGS* ty, bb. I wish it could've been a happy one, but ...
seroquels 28th-Jan-2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
BBs!! so cute *sobs*

D: noooo the feels! They're probably trying to post stuff to make us think of happier times, but #fail.

/lots of heavy sighing/
blue_ant 28th-Jan-2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
Right??? And I'm sure they are? Or at least that's what I hope they're doing. But every time I see one of them's posted I start to get a little anxious.

(Excuse you, Yoohwan!)
seroquels 28th-Jan-2016 07:54 pm (UTC)
He's probably thinking "that should be me!"

blue_ant 29th-Jan-2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
I know, but.

kaypukis 28th-Jan-2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
ugh, i hate you mbk..

i've been in love with speed since they release "don't tease me"
they all so talented..
but since taewoo left, well i see this coming.. their career seems stuck at nugu dom..
I feel very2 bitter with this news..

Edited at 2016-01-28 04:58 pm (UTC)
blue_ant 28th-Jan-2016 04:59 pm (UTC)
I really had hope that they could make it after Taewoon left. I was so pissed (at him) when he left, but I'm totally over it now. He probably saw the writing on the wall.

MBK has been terrible at promoting Speed (even when MBK was CCM). Ugh. It makes me so sad. What a waste for them to (probably) end like this.
demeulemeester 28th-Jan-2016 04:59 pm (UTC)
:( this is sad but like you said not surprising. i miss 2014...
blue_ant 28th-Jan-2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Me too. I am just waiting for the rest of the guys to say something, but... who knows when that'll be. Or even if MBK will release a statement. :-/
audiograms 28th-Jan-2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
I love them sso much and I will always be so mad @ MBK for fucking up their careers.
blue_ant 29th-Jan-2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
Ugh, seriously. MBK have no idea what they're losing.
pbutterlion 28th-Jan-2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
my friend who just got into kpop for some reason was lowkey obsessing over this group, hes gonna be so sad when he finds out :(
blue_ant 29th-Jan-2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
Awww, no! :( :(
petecarl 28th-Jan-2016 11:02 pm (UTC)
sad but not surprising
valeriemedia 28th-Jan-2016 11:12 pm (UTC)
Sad. What U was a great comeback and they never got the attention they deserved.
aznparawhore21 29th-Jan-2016 01:46 am (UTC)
i never got into them, but I feel bad for the members...MBK sucks they need to leave tbh
I wish them well though
blue_ant 29th-Jan-2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
I'd always hoped they'd leave (and back when I was a Block B fan, I wanted them to go join Seven Seasons). I secretly hoped that after Jungwoo left, they'd announce Speed was a five member group (sorry, Ki-o). But with Sejoon gone, too. :-/
quemadura 29th-Jan-2016 05:28 am (UTC)

I wish them the best, tho! Taewoon def saw the writing on the wall and got out when he could. It's sad they only lasted three years. SPEED was a really great group with solid songs and excellent production. MBK really dropped the ball on them and I'm sad.
blue_ant 29th-Jan-2016 03:20 pm (UTC)
They've been so underrated for, like, their whole existence. CCM/MBCK has never done well by them (no wonder Taewoon is always known as Zico's brother). I mean, technically, Jungwoo and Sungmin have been trying to be successful idols since Coed School debuted in 2010 :-/
swhyeon1991 29th-Jan-2016 07:21 am (UTC)
Ah;; Even Sungmin is in hiatus? :(
Wishing everyone whatever the best for them.

PS. Kwanghaeng where r u.
blue_ant 29th-Jan-2016 03:18 pm (UTC)
He was injured last year and never fully recovered. Hopefully he's recovered now, he looks healthy from what he's posted on twitter, so ...

Edited at 2016-01-29 03:20 pm (UTC)
luxelet 29th-Jan-2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
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