Why did Hoya leave Infinite?

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Why did Hoya leave Infinite? I believe you guys will be surprised when knowing the truth behind it! Get ready to discover with Xenews!

The Real Reason Why Hoya Became a Solo Artist

Hoya decided to go away INFINITE and Woolim Entertainment and become a solo artist and also an actor. There are lots of reasons behind Hoya’s departure. Although he’s active alone, Hoya still contacts his former band, INFINITE. Let’s be told more about Hoya’s departure.

Hoya’s Departure From Infinite

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Woolim Entertainment announced that Hoya’s exclusive contract ended on June 9th, 2017. Hoya decided to depart his agency of seven years and therefore the band after discussing contract renewals in June so as to require another path in pursuing his dreams. Woolim Entertainment made the announcement on August 30th, 2017.

In an episode of MBC’s Radio Star, Hoya revealed the reasons for his departure from Woolim Entertainment and INFINITE. It’s already been around one or two months since he left them. one amongst the MCs of the show, Kim Gura, asked, “When you left, didn’t the members hold onto you (which means asking you to stay)?” Hoya then answered, “Even before it happened, we had plenty of discussions about it, so that they all knew about it. the items that I wanted to try to do and what the corporate wanted to try to do were different, and also the contract expiring happened to be around the same time, so I left.”

At the time he left Woolim Entertainment, Hoya admitted that he almost quit being a star in an interview. It’s because being a star made Hoya spend longer doing other things instead of specializing in his activities in singing and dancing. When Hoya considered continuing his music career, he had a tough time choosing the music the general public will like.

In the end, Hoya continued to pursue a career within the show business and pursued a music career thanks to his love for dancing and also considering his fan’s love for him as a singer. Hoya chose Glorious Entertainment, the agency of actor Ji Chang-wook and Hyun-woo, because he was able to gain freedom along with his music after talking with the president of the agency. Hoya revealed that he was able to work as both an actor for the agency and keep pursuing his music career with the agreement they signed.

Hoya’s Recent Interaction with Other Members

When INFINITE made their comeback as a 6-member band with the highest SEED album, they talked about Hoya’s departure on their showcase. Dong-woo shared that he was really sad and even felt like crying when he was on the phone with Hoya. Another member, Woo-hyun, revealed that he couldn’t contact Hoya because he changed his signaling when he left Woolim Entertainment. Fortunately, Sung-gyu was able to contact him and Woo-hyun wishes he and Hoya could go drinking together as they need already promised before. It seems that they maintain a decent relationship while there is not any news surfacing online about them meeting after Hoya left the band.

Hoya’s Instagram

Pic 2 - Why did Hoya leave Infinite?On August 30th, 2017, on Instagram, Hoya posted a heartfelt letter as a follow-up to the news about his leaving INFINITE and Woolim Entertainment.

“Hello, this is Hoya.

Firstly, I’d like to apologize for causing worry to so many people with the sudden news.

I also want to apologize to the fans who are probably tired from waiting so long.

In my heart, I wanted to let you know first, but I thought the official statement should come before. I ask for your understanding for not being able to let you know for a long time.

I thought a lot about what I can say to share my thoughts.

First of all, to my INFINITE members…

SungkyuDongwooWoohyunSungyeol, Myungsoo (L), and Sungjong.

I want to tell them I’m sorry and thank you once again through this letter.

I know very well that the reason I was able to receive such great love from INSPIRIT was that I was with INFINITE. I won’t forget that in the future. I’ll hold onto the precious heart that INSPIRIT gave to me with their sincere love. Thank you, and I’m sorry.

I also wanted to say once again in this letter that I sincerely thank Lee Joong Yup and the Woollim family for supporting me to grow from nothing to where I am now.

From now on, I’ll live with a humble mindset and work hard. I apologize for worrying so many people.

Thank you for reading this long letter.”

Hoya’s Solo Activities and Latest News

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After Hoya’s departure from the band in 2017, he made his solo debut on March 28th, 2018, along with his first mini-album Shower. Hoya is additionally active as a solo artist in many television show programs, like KBS’ Immortal Song 2 and KBS’ Dancing High. In 2019, Hoya is going to be cast for an upcoming SBS hip-hop drama with APRIL Na-eun, CROSS GENE Shin, and model Han Hyun-min.

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