Kevin U-KISS mengumumkan pengunduran dirinya dari U-KISS bersamaan dengan berakhirnya kontrak dengan agensinya NH EMG. Diberitakan bahwa kontraknya akan berakhir secara efektif pada akhir Maret 2017.
Di lain pihak, perwakilan dari agensi tempat U-KISS bernaung pun membenarkan pernyataan dari Kevin.
9 Tahun sudah Kevin gabung bersama U-KISS, tepatnya sejak debut pada tahun 2008. Sebelum bergabung dengan U-KISS, Kevin bergabung dengan Grup XING dan keluar pada tahun 2007.
Berikut adalah pernyataan lengkap yang dirilis oleh pihak agensi NH EMG :
"U-KISS member Kevin’s contract with NH EMG will be expiring as of March 2017. While there’s still a month until the contract expires, we thought it was only right to let fans know about [his leaving] in advance.
We’re very sorry to announce such unfortunate news to all the fans who have been so supportive of U-KISS. Kevin has decided to pursue a different path to pursue his dreams and both the label and the [remaining U-KISS] members have decided to respect his decision.
[Kevin] has been with U-KISS since 2008 and has promoted with the group as a reliable and trustworthy member from the very beginning for the past 9 years. This decision was made after thinking about it for a long time and lengthy discussions on the matter. We will respect Kevin’s wishes. Kevin will be leaving U-KISS and his contract will end [in March].
We will be holding a final fan meeting with U-KISS as a 6-member group in Korea and Japan. We hope you will cheer U-KISS and Kevin as they go on their own paths.
We are currently working on re-grouping U-KISS as a 5-member group and will work hard to show our good side to fans. We will be releasing a new album this year as well as promoting both in Korea and overseas.
We’re extremely sorry for causing fans to worry and delivering such news so late but [we] had to think carefully about all the options before doing so.
Lastly, we ask fans to continue cheering on U-KISS and Kevin. Thank you."
— NH EMG —
Apapun keputusan yang dipilih, semoga merupakan jalan terbaik dan mengantarkan kepada kesuksesan yang lebih baik.
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