Super Junior’s Sungmin will not be joining Super Junior at the SMTOWN concert due to the recent fan boycott and if that wasn’t enough he will be withdrawing from Super Junior’s upcoming album too.
Last month, fan sites were demanding for the removal of Sungmin out of Super Junior and if not they would boycott the group because of this Sungmin won’t be joining his members at the SMTOWN concerts.
A rep from Super Junior’s agency stated on 6th July:
“Sungmin, who recently had an issue with his fans, will not be joining the Kangin, who is currently self-reflecting on his drunk driving case, will not be attending either. The rest of the members [who aren’t enlisted in the military] will be performing at the concert.”
Sungmin then posted a message to his fans on social media in light of the situation.
“Hello, this is Sungmin. I’m writing to you all for the first time in a while for various reasons. First of all, I want to apologise for troubling so many fans. There has been a lot of negative talk surrounding me lately, but it was something I couldn’t act alone on, so I’m very sorry for the late response.
When I look back to when I was getting ready for my marriage, I don’t think I was very considerate and truthful to my fans who have loved me for over 10 years. I think I should’ve communicated better with my fans who got hurt by various rumours and misunderstandings.
While I was in the army, I always looked forward to promoting with Super Junior again. However, I really want the group’s next album to do well, so I have decided to withdraw from their upcoming promotions. As a member of Super Junior, I want the group to receive love for a very long time. Considering my ongoing controversy, I think my decision to withdraw from this album is best for the group.
I’m really sorry to my fans who have loved and supported me, but I think I need more time to reflect and work harder. I ask all ELFs to support Super Junior’s upcoming comeback.”
Later on, Super Junior’s label left a statement:
“Label SJ (SM Entertainment) has decided to respect Sungmin’s decision not to participate in Super Junior’s album. From the beginning, Super Junior was created as a group that could be flexible with its members, and as a result, Super Junior has seen love and success across the globe, able to promote in a variety of ways.
Super Junior is currently preparing for an album, with hopes to release it in October, and the label is doing its best to help Super Junior carry out promotions that are better than ever before.
Though Sungmin isn’t participating in the album this time around, Label SJ will fully support all of Sungmin’s future activities.
“Thank you to all the fans who have loved Super Junior for so long, and we ask for your continued love and support for all of the Super Junior members.”
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