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:
참!!! 이말을 못하면 꼭 후회할것같아 당분간 다시 트윗하기전까지 남기려합니다! 사랑하는멤버들과 사랑하는딥스들과 함께한 시간은 하나도 아깝지않았고 후회없고 행복한시간들뿐이었습니다. 아무리 힘든일이있어도 딥스가 응원해주어서 버틸수있었습니다.사랑합니다.— 김정우 (@yoosung90) January 27, 2016
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:
2016년 재밌고 행복하게 보내고 계신가요~— 박세준 (@Togoo90) January 27, 2016
날씨가 많이 추워져서 따뜻하게 입고 다니세요!
음..솔직히 뭐라고 말씀을 드려야 할지 모르겠습니다. 어느새 2013년1월에… https://t.co/NMat2ctWYV
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.