UPDATE: NH Media have released a further statment shedding more light on the reasons behind Dongho's departure from U-Kiss announced yesterday.
They stated, "[Dongho's departure] was not due to a discord [with the group or the agency]. It is something that Dongho considered for a long time... Since a long time ago, Dongho didn't think the celebrity life was right for him and has discussed this multiple times, so we have been thinking about a future course of action for a long time... [Dongho] initially took a break from his activities, but he officially decided to leave the group on the 16th."
It's unusal that companies allow their artists to default on their contract - especially 3 years ahead of it's expiration - so Donghue's special circumstances must have struck a chord with NH Media's executives.
"We decided to follow his wishes. As much as he expressed his wish not to live as a celebrity anymore, it seems like [Dongho] will not only stop his activities as a singer but in other fields as well. It seems he will start having to think about what he will do from now on." (Allkpop)
U-Kiss are still scheduled to make their comeback this month without Dongho present during promotional activities.
In breaking news, Dongho has released a statement that he will be leaving U-Kiss. Nooooooooooooooo! Shockwaves echo around the world. Here is the statement NH Media announced,
"Dongho will be absent from team promotions starting with U-KISS' new album which will be released this month, and he will be putting a hold on his activities as a celebrity."
"Starting from the beginning of this year, Dongho's determination about being active as a celebrity weakened, and he has revealed that he doesn't believe his health condition and stamina fits well with the life of a singer... After a long discussion with his parents, we have decided to accept their decision... Dongho expressed that he wanted to live a normal life rather than of a celebrity's."
The agency concluded, "Although the decision of Dongho's leave from the group is one that causes harm to the team's activities, the members have all decided to accept this change as well... Although we feel burdened by the empty spot, the group will release a new album as scheduled as six members.'
Here's when the rest of the U-Kiss boys spoke to Jamaica dela Cruz about his condition:
We wish you all the best with your future endeavours Dongho! Feel free to leave your best wishes for Dongho in the comments.