After a 4 month (roughly) hiatus, following the sexual harassment claims made against him back in August. (All charges were dropped). Onew posted on his IG a handwritten letter.
“Hello. This is Onew.
I am sincerely sorry for disappointing my supportive and loving fans with the bad news. While I have been on hiatus from activities for four months, I have been reflecting deeply on how much I must have disappointed all of you fans who have loved my lacking self, and I resented and blamed myself.
I worried for a long time about how to apologize and what words I should use. I felt so sorry that I was cautious even about writing anything, so I’m only finally posting this now, even though it’s so late.
The more love and attention I received, the more responsibly I should have acted in my private life as well, and so I am so sorry to have caused disappointment.
I want to say through this letter that I’m truly sorry to our members who have been working hard with me for over nine years, and I want to apologize once again to my parents and company staff who must have been surprised because of me.
I will keep on reflecting, and always be more strict with myself and try hard. I promise that in the future, both in public and private matters, I will truly do my best to be someone worthy of the name of the team SHINee.