Hongbin has now withdrawn from VIXX, and the group will be promoting with five members in the future.
On August 7, Jellyfish Entertainment shared the following statement:
This is Jellyfish.
We are sharing an official statement regarding VIXX member Hongbin.
First, we express our sincere gratitude to fans who love VIXX a lot, and we are conveying sad news.
On August 7, Hongbin shared his intention to withdraw from VIXX. After careful discussion with the VIXX members and Hongbin, we are respecting his wishes and so it’s been decided that he will leave the group.
It’s planned that VIXX will promote as a five-member group in the future. We are very sorry to fans for causing concern with this sudden news, and we ask you to continue to love and support the VIXX members.
In February, Hongbin made some comments about other idol groups during a Twitch stream, and some of the comments became the subject of controversy. Following the broadcast, both Jellyfish Entertainment and Hongbin apologized.
On August 6, Hongbin shared a post on Twitch in which he gave an update for fans. After first asking how everyone has been, he shared his intentions to return to the platform.
“I’ve been thinking that I want to be doing fun broadcasts again where we can laugh and chat while gaming together,” he wrote. “Many changes have happened while I was taking a break from broadcasts. I’m still adjusting, so I’m a bit all over the place. I still don’t know how the broadcasts might change in the future as well, but I’m planning on doing broadcasts that you can comfortably watch while laughing and chatting like before.”
“It’s possible that you’ll see how I’m inexperienced and still wandering, but I’m going to try harder so that they can be fun broadcasts we can enjoy together,” he added. “I’m sorry for making you wait so long. See you soon.”
sources: soompi, naver 1, 2, somag news