Following recent fan boycotts over his participation in Super Junior's upcoming return, Sungmin has posted an apology onto his Instagram and confirmed that he will withdraw from the group's comeback.
The Super Junior member posted up the apology on July 6, writing that he is sorry for "troubling so many fans" and that he has decided to withdraw from the group's upcoming promotions.
Here's a translation of Sungmin's message:
“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 apologize 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 rumors 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.”
In response to Sungmin's apology, Super Junior's label, Label SJ, has released an official statement about Sungmin's withdrawal and his future, writing that it will respect his decision and support him in the future.
Here is the statement in full:
“Hello, this is Label SJ (SM Entertainment).
This is our statement regarding Sungmin’s post today about his activities.
Label SJ 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.”
In addition to Sungmin's withdrawal from Super Junior's upcoming comeback, Label SJ has also confirmed that he will not be joining the upcoming SMTOWN concerts in Korea and Japan.
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