Monsta X has moved on as a group six following the departure Wonho. The group won their most recent appearance on The Show with the song, “Follow.”
26-year-old Wonho left the group last week, confirming the news in a hand-written letter. Fans were upset about his exit, throwing together . The ploy wasn’t enough to bring Wonho back into the fold, though.
The K-pop group has made their first appearance on The Show without their former bandmate. The group thanked their fandom — collectively known as the Monbebes — for sticking with them. They promised to ‘rise back up after a fall.’
Many fans are still upset that Wonho left, though. They are sharing their displeasure on social media, saying Monsta X will always be a group seven.
Wonho left the group amid allegations that he smoked marijuana and owed money. South Korean TV personality Jung Da-eun posted on social media to ask Wonho when he would pay her back — along with a host other allegations.
Starship Entertainment rejected those claims but did reveal that Wonho may have been a troubled youth. A rep claims that he was incarcerated in a youth detention center in the past for theft. Wonho himself apologized in a hand-written note for what he called immature behavior in his youth.
“Although I have some immature moments and faults, I tried hard not to become ashamed myself after I debuted as an idol trainee.”
I am announcing that I am leaving MONSTA X today. I am apologetic for causing harm to the members due to the unfortunate issues related to me. More than anything, I am sorry for disappointing my fans, who believed in me.”
Fans have been encouraging towards Wonho and his rehabilitation efforts. It looks like the Monbebes will continue on without Wonho, too.