Sad news, Kangin is leaving Super Junior.
The K-pop artist took to Instagram on July 11 to make the announcement:
Here are excerpts of his post, as translated into English, care of allkpop.com:
"My heart is heavy as the news I have is not good news, but after a long debate, I am writing to you. As of this moment, I plan to let go of the name 'Super Junior', a name I had for a very long time."
He writes further that the decision to leave has long been on his mind, but because of the support and encouragement of close friends and his label's staff, he was able to stay a little longer. He also pointed out how sad he was to see fellow members go through rough times.
"I've always felt that I needed to come to this decision as soon as possible, but due to the kind hearts of those who cheer me on unchangingly as well as my label's staff despite my faults, I was not able to summon the courage, and I also felt that I was not in a situation where I could decide anything blindly on my own."
"However, due to my own problems, I had to watch my members suffer misfortunes that they should not have had to face, and I've come to the decision that I cannot delay it any longer."
Label SJ has reportedly shared that they accept Kangin's voluntary departure from the group. A representative also told the media that his leaving Super Junior does not mean the end of his contract with the company. He remains an artist with Label SJ.
Kangin was with Super Junior for 14 years. In the past, he's been involved in cases of violence and driving under the influence of alcohol.