News of fans petitioning to oust Super Junior member Sungmin from the group came out last month saying they cannot tolerate the singer's disrespectful attitude toward them.
And it seems like their outcry has reached him already as Sungmin publicly apologized to fans on his Instagram account and announced he won't be joining SuJu comeback.
The post reads, "Hello. This is Sungmin. I'm writing to you all for the first time in a while for various reasons. First of all, I want to apologize for troubling so many fans. There has been a lot of negative talk surrounding me lately, but it was something I couldn't act alone on, so I'm very sorry for the late response."
"When I look back to when I was getting ready for my marriage, I don't think I was very considerate and truthful to my fans who have loved me for over 10 years," he continues. "I think I should've communicated better with my fans who got hurt by various rumors and misunderstandings."
"While I was in the army, I always looked forward to promoting with Super Junior again. However, I really want the group's next album to do well, so I have decided to withdraw from their upcoming promotions. As a member of Super Junior, I want the group to receive love for a very long time. Considering my ongoing controversy, I think my decision to withdraw from this album is best for the group."
"I'm really sorry to my fans who have loved and supported me, but I think I need more time to reflect and work harder. I ask all ELFs to support Super Juniors upcoming comeback," he concludes the letter.
In a a Soompi report, their label SJ has released a statement accepting the member's decision.
"Super Junior is currently preparing for an album, with hopes to release it in October, and the label is doing its best to help Super Junior carry out promotions that are better than ever before," said the label. "Though Sungmin isn't participating in the album this time around, Label SJ will fully support all of Sungmin's future activities."
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