B.A.P have been dropping a heap of teasers for the upcoming release of their second album "Noir", which will be released on November 7. But it appears that the group will be promoting with just five members when they all return.
According to a statement from TS Entertainment, B.A.P leader Yongguk will be sitting out of the group's upcoming promotions due to being diagnosed with a panic disorder:
“Hello, this is TS Entertainment.
“First, we want to thank everyone for their support prior to the release of B.A.P’s second studio album, which will be released on November 7.
“While we hate to impart bad news, leader Bang Yong Guk recently visited the hospital due to health problems and was diagnosed with panic disorder.
“As a result, Bang Yong Guk and the members decided that the group would continue with promotions with just five members, as the first priority is Bang Yong Guk’s recovery. While B.A.P is promoting, Bang Yong Guk will be focusing on receiving professional treatment and getting better.
“As this new album is a product of a lot of hard work, and as much as the fans and B.A.P members have waited for this, the five members will do their best to fill in for Bang Yong Guk.
“Please continue to support B.A.P.”
Upon the release of TS' statement, Yongguk wrote a message to fans on his Twitter and apologising for his hiatus.
Here's a translation:
“I will try to return again healthy. As the leader, since I can’t be together with the members and fans, all I can do is think it’s a shame and be sorry. Please show more interest and support for the other members.”
Following messages of support from fans, some of B.A.P's members took to Twitter to thank them for their tweets. Here's what Daehyun had to say about Yongguk and all the support from fans so far:
Here's a translation of Daehyun's tweets:
“You were really surprised at the sudden news, weren’t you, Baby? Bang Yong Guk is always working hard and trying hard as our group’s leader. As he takes a rest, I also want to support him so that he can get well again. Also, I think that your support and love will be even more helpful than my own in helping him recover faster.
So let’s all cheer on Bang Yong Guk! Please all be together for Bang Yong Guk’s empty spot in this album! We’ll coolly present to you this album that Bang Yong Guk worked so hard on. I’m always grateful. I love you, Baby.”
Himchan was next to tweet a moving message:
Here's a translation of Himchan's tweets:
“I think you must have been very surprised by this sudden news. My friend is ill so I’m worried and upset, but there are more days in the future when we will promote together, and I will help a lot so that he can soon return to stand in front of all of you again in good form. And he’ll be back very soon.
It will all be okay. We’ll try very hard too and help him, everyone.”
And finally, Youngjae posted up his own supportive tweets:
Here's a translation of Youngjae's tweets:
“I’m writing to everyone who must have been very surprised to hear this news. Bang Yong Guk is producing this album, and he is trying very hard to make an even better B.A.P together with us and stand on stage. The weight on him must be severe as both B.A.P’s leader and the producer.
I feel sorry towards him when I think about how I cannot share that weight as a member and a younger friend,” Youngjae says. “We’re unable to promote this album together. So we’re trying to fill up Bang Yong Guk’s spot this time. Of course, I think that we can’t fill it up 100 percent.
Still, I think it will be okay somehow if the five us work together with all of you. Please be together with us this time, just as you have done for us up until now. Thank you for always being such a reliable pillar of support for us. I love you, Babys.”
Get better soon, Yongguk, and come back when you're all better!