NH Media announced the news, stating, "Dongho will be absent from team promotions starting with U-KISS’ new album which will be released this month, and he will be putting a hold on his activities as a celebrity."
"Starting from the beginning of this year, Dongho’s determination about being active as a celebrity weakened, and he has revealed that he doesn’t believe his health condition and stamina fits well with the life of a singer… After a long discussion with his parents, we have decided to accept their decision… Dongho expressed that he wanted to live a normal life rather than that of a celebrity."
The agency concluded, ”Although the decision of Dongho’s leave from the group is one that causes harm to the team’s activities, the members have all decided to accept this change as well… Although we feel burdened by the empty spot, the group will release a new album as scheduled as six members.’
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