31 October 2019 12:34
Wonho of Korean group Monsta X has left the group following his alleged involvement in a string of controversies. Starship Entertainment made the announcement through its official Twitter account Thursday afternoon. According to the agency, which manages the group, Wonho decided to leave so as not to involve Monsta X in the controversies involving him. "After a long discussion with MONSTA X's member Wonho, we have agreed that it's best to part ways amicably at this point. We greatly respect Wonho's decision who wants to make sure the recent chain of events doesn't distract from all of the exciting things that are happening for MONSTA X now and what lies ahead in the future," Starship said in a statement.
The agency, likewise, said it will continue to seek legal liability against malicious claims regarding the issue. Earlier this week, a former reality star who worked with Wonho prior to his debut claimed the idol still owed him some money. Wonho was also allegedly put in juvenile detention in his younger years. Monsta X, originally composed of 7 members--Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney, I.M., and Wonho--debuted in 2015 under Starship entertainment. The group is currently promoting their mini album "Follow: Find You" with the lead single "Follow." Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv The group last performed in the Philippines in September along with girl group Weki Meki.
Starship Entertainment has made an official statement on MONSTA X Shownu's alleged affair with a married woman. As previously reported, Han Seo Hee revealed screenshots of an unnamed man's alleged text messages with Starship Entertainment claiming Shownu had an affair with his wife. According to the screenshots, Starship Entertainment's legal rep stated Shownu was unaware the woman was in a relationship and emphasized he would not be involved in the man's lawsuit against his wife. Starship Entertainment has now released the statement below: "Shownu was in contact with the woman in question prior to her marriage. The woman got married around August, but our label confirmed Shownu didn't know because she did not tell Shownu. Her husband contacted the agency, so we met with him and everything was explained. Afterwards, Shownu, who found out about her marriage after the fact, did not contact the woman at all. Shownu revealed he would not get involved in a married couple's relationship, and a text was sent via our law firm to confirm his position. Regardless of the situation, we apologize for causing emotional pain to the individuals involved and bringing trouble to the fans. Furthermore, as an agency with the duty to protect our artists, we ask for your understanding of the possibility that we may have to take legal action regarding excessive misunderstanding and speculation." With the news of Wonho's exit from MONSTA X and Shownu's controversy, Starship Entertainment has also pushed back the group's fan meeting event. The label stated, "We're announcing the fan sign event for the release of MONSTA X's mini album 'Follow: Find You', which was originally planned for October 31, has been postponed." Stay tuned for updates on MONSTA X.