AB6IX member Lim Young Min was caught recently driving drunk and his agency Brand New Music released a statement, not only saying they’ll cooperated with authorities but that he’s effectively suspended from the group and their comeback will be delayed.
Hello. This is Brand New Music. First, we sincerely bow our heads in apology for delivering such unfortunate news to the fans. We are delivering news of our agency’s artist Lim Young Min’s DUI (driving under the influence) and subsequent halt in activities. In the early hours of May 31, Lim Young Min privately met up with acquaintances for drinks and used his own car to drive back to the dorm when he was caught drunk driving by the police and had his driver’s license revoked. Currently, Lim Young Min is deeply regretting and reflecting on his actions, and he will earnestly participate in future police investigations if necessary. Furthermore, following today, Lim Young Min will be halting all promotions as a member of AB6IX, and AB6IX will continue their activities as four members excluding Lim Young Min. Furthermore, AB6IX’s new album, which was scheduled to be released on June 8, will be postponed to June 29 after reorganization of the team. We feel deeply responsible that an incident like this has occurred with our agency’s artist. We sincerely apologize once more for causing concern and worry to the fans who have always supported and cherished AB6IX, and we promise to put in our best efforts so that a situation such as this does not arise again.
As a result, he’s released a handwritten apology on the fan cafe.
Hello, this is Lim Young Min. First, I’m so ashamed and sorry to be giving you such disgraceful news. I am sincerely sorry for disappointing the many people and fans who have been showing me love and waiting for me. I feel pathetic and pained to have to become a disgraceful hyung to the members, who have been indelibly wounded because of me. Also, I want to sincerely apologize to the agency staff who have suffered great damages because of this. The members and many staff members worked so hard for a long time to prepare for this comeback, but because of my foolish and irresponsible mistake, their efforts were undermined, and so I am deeply ashamed… I am keenly aware of all of my mistakes, and I am deeply regretting and reflecting. I will accept all of the criticism over my irreversible actions and reflect. To everyone who believed in me and supported me, including my fans, group members, agency staff, and family members… I sincerely… I once again sincerely apologize…
I’ve been reading around and people seem oddly sympathetic in some circles, I assume because they fear he might get permanently booted from the group. But that doesn’t seem like the plan and even if it does end up being the case, he’s just lucky nobody got seriously hurt or killed by his actions.