News broke out on August 29th that, after the members of INFINITE's contracts had expired in late July, member Hoya would not be renewing his contract with the popular boy group or Woolim Entertainment.
After making the announcement, Hoya was the first to come forward and respond to fans about the news and his decision. The singer left a long, heartfelt message on his personal Instagram account on August 30th.
Firstly, I'd like to apologize for causing worry to so many people with the sudden news.I also want to apologize to the fans who are probably tired from waiting so long.In my heart, I wanted to let you know first, but I thought the official statement should come before. I ask for your understanding for not being able to let you know for a long time.I thought a lot about what I can say to share my thoughts."