Kang Sung Hoon has revealed in a statement that he is leaving both SECHS KIES and YG Entertainment following the slew of controversies that emerged in September. He’s still facing a lawsuit brought by his own fans over allegations of fraud/embezzlement, and he also has other legal matters to attend to stemming from an altercation with a former manager.
“With unexpected misunderstandings occurring in succession, I’ve become even more cautious about expressing my official stance. Currently, I can’t predict when my return will be because of issues regarding my mental health. I came to the decision that continuing to push back SECHSKIES’s activities is causing a great inconvenience to others, so after much thought, I spoke with YG Entertainment and we came to a mutual agreement to end my exclusive contract on December 31, 2018 and for me to let go of all SECHSKIES activities. I am very sorry for not being able to live up to the expectations of fans who have waiting for me despite the long hiatus, and those who remembered me and greeted me warmly. I sincerely apologize to the SECHSKIES team for the damages they suffered due to circumstances related to me. And I want to sincerely thank everyone who supported me as SECHSKIES’s Kang Sung Hoon for a long time.”
YGE then provided a curt statement affirming that, yeah, he gone.
“It’s true that we spoke with Kang Sung Hoon and came to the decision to end his exclusive contract. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Considering the sheer amount of shit that unfolded, and also taking into account Kang Sung Hoon’s messy past, this result seemed inevitable.
It’s almost remarkable in a way to get booted from your group as you’re approaching 40 after over 20 years in the industry, but I guess being sued by your own fandom will do it.