STARLIGHTs speculate Hongbin has left VIXX following his recent Twitch update.
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Earlier this year, Hongbin was caught in hot waters after appearing on his Twitch live stream drunk. During the stream, Hongbin was seen flipping off the viewers. He then went on to make multiple rude comments towards other idol groups, such as SHINee, EXO, Red Velvet, and INFINITE.
After that stream, he held another one at 5:00 a.m. that same day to apologize and explain himself. He defended that he did not mean to insult the groups nor discredit them. He shed tears during the streams, showing his remorse. During the stream, someone had paid him a visit, causing him to leave the stream for a moment and mute the audio.
VIXX member Leo ended up posting a Tweet following the first stream, apologizing to the fans. Though he did not mention Hongbin by name, it is assumed it was about the idol. Fans who tuned in to Hongbin's second Twitch stream asked Hongbin if he had seen the tweet, to which he said he did. He went on to say that the man who paid him a visit was Leo, telling him to quit the group.
He wrapped up the second live stream by saying he would leave the group if that is what his members want from him.
마음 편히 좋은 꿈들 꿔줘요 내 뮤즈들 미안해요~— VIXX_LEO (@JUNGTW_LEO) February 29, 2020
Since then, Hongbin stayed out of the spotlight. Last fans had heard from him was back in May to celebrate the group's anniversary. He had written a letter to SPOTLIGHTs, thanking them for their support and apologizing for his past actions. The letter reads:
'Hello everyone. Time has flown by quickly, and we are now celebrating our 8th year anniversary. I should be showing you guys only my best sides as it is a good time, but I am sorry once again. Even so, I wanted to tell you guys that I am thankful to those who support me all the way until our 8th anniversary. I am apologetic for showing my lacking sides before, and as much as I did, I will make sure to work hard to be able to show everyone a better version of myself in the future. Thank you again to those who have supported me.'
Fans had returned to the fan cafe to check the post again. To their surprise, not only was the post gone, but the account Hongbin had used to post the letter had been deleted.
It turns out, the idol had left a post on his Twitch account on August 6, Wednesday. In the post, Hongbin shared how he wants to continue to do live streaming for everyone, to be able to share his love for games, and chat with the fans. However, fans were surprised to see a mention of a 'big change' during his period of inactivity. The post reads:
'Hello everyone. Are you guys well and healthy during these times? For me, I have been spending time at home, much more than I used to, that I think I get around by rolling rather than walking now. I have been thinking that I want to start having fun live streams again when I play games with you guys while laughing and chatting. When I stepped away from live streams, I went through some big changes. I am still trying to adjust it because I am still out of it. I am not sure if there will be changed to the future streams, but I will try to make sure my streams and fit for viewing so we can comfortably chat and laugh together. You may end up seeing some sides of me that you haven't and you might be confused, but I will put in all my effort to ensure you guys will enjoy the streams. I am sorry for making you all wait this long. See you soon.'
Fans were left confused at the statement and have started speculating that he might have withdrawn from VIXX, seeing that he chose to inform his Twitch viewers first before the official fan cafe.
Numerous news outlets have reached out to VIXX's label, Jellyfish Entertainment, asking for updates on Hongbin. Company representatives have stated they will look into the matter and have not given any updates since.
Jellyfish Entertainment recently released an official statement confirming Hongbin‘s withdrawal from VIXX, and in response to the shock of many fans, Hongbin took to Twitch just 1 hour after the news to reveal his side of the story.
According to those who tuned into Hongbin’s broadcast, Hong Bin explained why he withdrew from the group without giving fans a notice through his fan cafe and shared what he plans to do in the future.
But netizens are not happy.
One netizen shared their summary of what they heard Hong Bin say on the broadcast and expressed their disappointment.
He said the contract has been terminated, but it hasn’t completely ended yet. Since he’s not with Jellyfish Entertainment, he’s going to keep doing broadcasts, and he considered posting something due to fans’ curiosity, but since he was going to keep doing broadcasts anyway, he just decided to turn it on. Wow.
‘I feel bad for my fans, but I didn’t think it was right to post about my withdrawal on the official fan cafe, so I withdrew without notice. But since Twitch is my own boundary, I’ll just talk about it here.’ I can’t believe this.
A repeat of ‘I’m going to keep doing broadcasts’, ‘It’s my fault’, ‘I’m sorry’, ‘I left the agency’, and ‘My contract has been terminated’. He turned off the music to say this and then turned it back on. He just said that’s all and he has nothing more to say. He said he’s going to think about the direction of his broadcast. He finished his apology and went on to this broadcast. But he said he’ll end it here since things could get worse if he keeps going. He said, ‘I hope that resolves some of your curiosity.’ Wow, seriously?
In addition to the netizen above, other netizens expressed their disappointment and shock at how Hongbin handled his withdrawal.
- How could he do this? He only thinks about himself and his own hurt.
- He doesn’t have any consideration for his fans. This makes me so mad…
- Why did he resign if he was going to do this?
- I feel hurt and angry for his true fans…
- What did your fans do to deserve this?
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On the other hand, another netizen suggested that the initial interpretation might have been exaggerated and shared how they heard his explanation.
It’s hasn’t completely ended, so I have nothing to tell you as of yet. My contract has been terminated and I’m not with Jellyfish Entertainment anymore, but I’m going to continue my personal broadcast. I’ll talk to my laywer to determine a standard and find a chance to tell all of you. There’s no need to post anything since I’ll continue to do broadcasts anyway. I can’t tell you anything until everything is settled. Regarding the agency, I’ll tell you things when I feel that it’s time, so please don’t spam the chat. Since I’m not with the agency anymore, I can’t say anything even if you ask. I’m sorry that those who watch my broadcast will have to bear through this. It’s true that I felt sorry to fans when I was with VIXX. But I didn’t think it was right to post that on the fan cafe. Twitch is my territory, and I’m done with them. From my stance, there was a lot of noise regarding my internet broadcast, and I tried to deal with it well, but something happened, and in the process of resolving it, more problems arose. I’m really sorry. I’m not ready to tell you, but I thought it was right to show my face, so I turned on the broadcast. This is how it turned out, and I wasn’t trying to look down on you. This is between me and the agency, so I’m sorry about a lot of things. Due to the contract, this is all I can say. My contract has been terminated, I’m not with Jellyfish Entertainment anymore, and I’ll tell you the details once they’re settled. I’m sorry to the fans of VIXX, and now that I’m out of the agency, I’ll find my own path. I was very lacking, and all I can say is sorry. Now that I’m out of the agency, I’ll continue my personal broadcast. That’s all I have to say.
Back on March 1, Hongbin caused controversy for bashing fellow idols such as EXO, SHINee, INFINITE, Red Velvet and more. Following the backlash, Hongbin released an official apology and halted his personal broadcast.
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He has now officially withdrawn from the group, and VIXX will proceed as a 5-member group.