BTOB fans have been left heartbroken, after finding out band member Ilhoon has departed from the K-pop group.

On December 31st 2020, main rapper of BTOB Jung Ilhoon suddenly left the band, leaving their worldwide fandom shocked to the core.

Here is why Ilhoon decided to exit the group, following an 8-year-long stint performing as part of the originally 7-member band.

Jung Ilhoon leaves BTOB

BTOB’s label Cube Entertainment announced the news of Ilhoon’s exit on Thursday December 31st, sending out an official statement.

They wrote:

First, we would like to bow our heads in apology for causing concerns with issues involving our label’s artist Jung Ilhoon.

Jung Ilhoon is currently feeling the heavy burden of his actions which broke the trust of his fans and caused significant disappointment. The agency also recognized the severity of this issue at hand, and after a serious discussion, we have decided to respect the wishes of the individual who has chosen to leave his group as not to inflict further damage. 

Once again, the agency recognizes the severe weight of the current situation, and we promise to do our best so that Ilhoon can participate in his ongoing investigation diligently. 

From here on, BTOB will continue promoting as 6-members, and we will also provide our best efforts and aid so that BTOB can continue to show a mature image on stage.

Once again, we apologize sincerely to fans who love and cheer on BTOB.

Why Jung Ilhoon left BTOB

  • Jung Ilhoon is under investigation for alleged marijuana use

South Korean police are currently investigating Ilhoon, 26, for suspicion of purchasing illegal drugs and habitual illegal drug usage.

Ilhoon has not posted on his Instagram since May, with his last being a blank grey post. Many fans have shared their support in recent days.

His second-to-last post announced that he was taking time to focus and take care of himself, and apologising for not communicating with fans.

Fandom reacts to Ilhoon’s BTOB exit

The news of Ilhoon’s exit from BTOB is not being easily accepted by fans.

One fan wrote: “BTOB will never be the same without Jung Ilhoon.”

“BTOB songs will be different without Ilhoon’s voice in it”, said another.

Many members of the BTOB fandom have pledged to continue supporting him. “I will never let go of your hands and I will continue to support you no matter what happens. You will always and forever be our BTOB’S JUNG ILHOON”, said one fan.

Another Twitter user said: “I respect you Ilhoon.. Respect your decision. You were thinking about your BTOB brothers in making this decision right?”

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