It was previously announced Sungmin would be absent for the upcoming 'SMTOWN Live World Tour VI' concerts in Korea and Japan due to fan objections, and Label SJ of SM Entertainment has now confirmed he will not be a part of Super Junior's comeback promotions either.
On July 6, Label SJ released an official statement saying, "Label SJ will respect Sungmin's decision to not take part in Super Junior's upcoming album. Super Junior are a group created with member flexibility in mind, and they've received a lot of love due to their new and different units of groups. Currently, Super Junior are preparing with the goal to release their comeback album this October, and the company is doing its best for Super Junior to have more developed promotions than previously. Though Sungmin won't be joining the album promotions, Label SJ will support him in all other ways."
The agency concluded, "Thank you to everyone who've given Super Junior love for so long, and we ask for your interest and support of Super Junior in the future. Thank you."
Sungmin also reached out to fans personally on social media. His message is as follows:
"Hello, this is Sungmin. I'm writing to you all for the first time in a while because of various situations. Firstly, I'd like to apologize for causing worry to so many fans. There has been a lot of negative talk about me recently, but it was a situation I couldn't act alone on. I'm sorry for the late response.
When I look back on when I was preparing for marriage, I don't think I was considerate or truthful to the fans who've loved me for over 10 years now. I think I should've communicated more with my fans, who were hurt due to rumors and misunderstandings.
When I was serving in the army, I always looked forward to promoting with Super Junior once again. However, I really want the next album to do well, so I decided to withdraw from their promotions. As a Super Junior member, I want my group to receive love for a long time. In light of ongoing controversies, I feel my decision to step away for this album is the best for the group.
I feel very sorry to the fans who've loved and supported me, but I think I need to work harder and have more time to reflect on myself. I ask ELF to support Super Junior's comeback."
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