K-pop boy band Monsta X just lost one of its most popular members.
On Thursday, Wonho announced that he is leaving the group in a statement from its company Starship Entertainment.
“After a long discussion with Monsta X’s member Wonho, we have agreed that it’s best to part ways amicably at this point,” the statement said. “We greatly respect Wonho’s decision who wants to make sure the recent chain of events doesn’t distract from all the exciting things that are happening for Monsta X now and what lies ahead in the future. We will continue to hold legal liability for malicious and distorted claims related to this matter.”
Wonho also shared his own statement:
“I have received undeserving blessings and love while promoting as a MONSTA X member,” he wrote, according to a translation from Soompi. “I sincerely thank you for making precious memories for me. To the members who worked hard with me and stayed with me, I would like to tell them that I’m thankful and that I love them. [I would also like to show them] my apologetic heart.”
The 26-year-old singer has recently been dogged by allegations that he owes a significant amount of money to a friend.
Fans of Wonho on Twitter stood by him following the announcement.