U-KISS’s Kevin Announces Departure From Group And Agency

On March 2nd, NHemg (also known as NH Media), the agency in charge of U-KISS, released an official statement about member Kevin leaving the group once his contract ends this March.

As translated by Soompi“First, we’re sorry to bring this regrettable news to you fans who are always supportive. Kevin will be going on a different path to pursue his dreams which we and the members have decided to respect.”

They went on to talk about how Kevin joined U-KISS in 2008 and has remained a faithful member for nine years. It appears that it is Kevin’s wish to retire from the group and pursue other goals, and NHemg wants to honor those wishes.

NHemg continued: “We will hold a last meeting for fans with U-KISS as a six-member group in Korea and Japan. We ask that many people attend in order to support U-KISS and Kevin.”

According to the statement, NHemg are preparing to reorganize U-KISS as a five-member group, leading up to the release of a new album this year.

NHemg ended with apologizing to fans and asks them to be supportive of both U-KISS and Kevin.

A short while later, Kevin himself addressed fans with a handwritten letter on U-KISS’s fan cafe, pouring out his heart to their fandom and offering his apologies for the surprising news.

Hello, KISSme, this is Kevin.

I wanted to sincerely convey my thoughts to you all, which is why I decided to write this letter to you. First, I would like to sincerely apologize to all of the fans who were surprised by the unfortunate news.

I was able to make some of the greatest and most precious memories of my life through debuting in U-KISS in 2008 and I wouldn’t be where I am now without the overwhelming love and support of our fans. I am deeply apologetic to and thankful for the fans who supported me through everything and to my fellow U-KISS members as well. I will never forget the love that you all have given me.

Before I reached my final decision, I spent many nights unable to sleep just thinking about it. I spoke with my agency and with the other U-KISS members as well at length about the matter. I made the decision to leave the group that I love so much in order to start walking a new path, one step at a time. My heart aches because I could not stay with U-KISS until the very end and I know that I will forever miss the times that I had with U-KISS. Again, I would like to sincerely apologize to all of our fans and thank you all as well.

I will continue to work hard as part of U-KISS until the end of my contract and will always cheer for and support U-KISS. I hope that you all will forevermore continue to love the hardworking and amazing members of U-KISS.

In order to repay the generous support and love that I have received, I will work hard to show a matured side to my fans. I humbly ask that you continue to support me in the future. Thank you and I love you all.”

What do you think of this news? Are you surprised Kevin is leaving? You can check out his original letter below.

We wish both U-KISS and Kevin success in their future pursuits!

Saleha (StarlightSora) is a WTK writer who hails from Northern Virgina. She’s an avid fan of VIXX, EXO, BTS, SEVENTEEN, B.A.P (and counting). An otaku and a gamer, when she’s not writing fanfiction for one fandom or another, she can be found binge-watching anime or playing through The Last of Us for the twentieth time. She hopes to be a published writer one day—after seeing all her faves live, of course.

Media: NHemg
Translation: Soompi*
*Minor Changes Made To Translation

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