It’s a sad time for STAYs as it has been announced that Woojin has left the group. The announcement came from his label, JYP Entertainment, yesterday morning via Twitter.
“Woojin, who has been with Stray Kids as a member until this time, has left the group due to personal circumstances and terminated his exclusive contract,” it was written in Korean.
“We ask for much support for Woojin who will be going on a new path,” the label added. “We also ask for the warm support for the eight Stray Kids members who will once again go on the road towards their dreams with their compass.”
Obviously, this was a lot to process for fans, but STAYs have since turned to Twitter to share their praise and gratitude for the former group member.
— ash #ThankYouWoojin (@straysos) October 28, 2019
You would always hold my hands in such a comforting manner, I always just felt safe and secure when I was with you. Now i’ll hold your hand and never let go, every step i’ll be by your side.#ThankYouWoojin pic.twitter.com/qTa2rqgPHV
— ᴇʟʏsɪᴀɴ ᴅʀᴇᴀᴍs (@20180325sk) October 29, 2019
The one and only Kim Woojin, thank you for being a constant blessing in our life. Thank you for being such a beautiful person, both inside and out, thank you for making the world a brighter place, just by being in it. Thank you for all the things we fail to say. #ThankYouWoojin pic.twitter.com/Q5rerf1NcB
— Stray Kids Cloud 9 (@StrayKids_C9) October 29, 2019
— 𝙍𝙤 ♡’𝙨 𝙨𝙠𝙯 ┊te amo woo (@br0kencompasz) October 28, 2019
Some fans even shared their artwork dedicated to Woojin.
— lauren ♡ thank you woojin (@iluminho) October 28, 2019
I’m give up to bring your back to skz💔. Sorry i can’t make you stay. Thankyou for everything. Thankyou for being a part of straykids. Maybe now stay not really fine. but stay will always love you and you always be a 9 part of straykids🖤. #ThankYouKimWoojin #ThankYouWoojin pic.twitter.com/CaNjHTfkrU
— mba permenn🍬 #ThankYouWoojin 💔 (@applepieuyonn) October 29, 2019
Others talked about how he still matters to them even if he’s no longer part of Stray Kids.
📌with everyone, i will miss woojin dearly. its hard to see someone everyday &suddenly stop all connection.. but we will get through this together as our importance is now to keep the remaining 8 boys of ours, happy.
so #ThankYouWoojin. lets all meet again on a happier day. pic.twitter.com/6SpNJHrwth
— ☆ 9오어넌 ♡ (@ppiri_) October 28, 2019
Let’s keep supporting Woojin no matter what he decides to do next but please let’s not forget him or act like he was never a member of stray kids
9 or none no matter if it’s physically or not since Woojin is still god#ThankYouWoojin
— 𝒥𝑜𝒶𝓃𝒶 🗝 (@softhyunin) October 28, 2019
It’s also been disclosed that the release of Stray Kids’ new EP has been postponed. “Stray Kids’ mini-album ‘Clé: Levanter’, which was scheduled for a November 25 release, will be delayed to December 9. We once again express apologies to the fans who have waited for a long time,” the previous statement announced.
Stray Kids made their debut last March with the EP ‘I Am Not’, a year after they were formed by a reality tv contest. Earlier this year, they smashed the South Korean Gaon albums chart for the first time with their fourth EP, ‘Clé 1: Miroh’.
While Woojin’s departure is only dubbed as “for personal reasons” with a lack of in-depth explanation, we can only imagine that the decision wasn’t easy.
Thank you, Woojin, for everything. We’re thinking of STAYs right now during this difficult time.
How are you coping with the news? What are you thanking Woojin for? Let us know how you’re feeling in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP
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