Following the news of Hoya's departure from INFINITE and Woollim Entertainment, a fan left a comment on Instagram showing support for Hoya's decision.
The comment stated,
"Hi, Ho Won. No actually, I want to call you INFINITE's Hoya for this moment. 6 years have already passed since I started liking you guys. Thank you for making me like you for a long time. You might think you were loved because it was 7 but I can assure that you can be loved on your own. I cried a lot today but I suddenly realized. You said this is your dream. As a fan, all I have to offer is encouragement, not tears. You must've worried about it a lot. I know you worried about us the most. But I think I'm okay. I don't think you have to worry. We're not parting ways forever. We can no longer call you INFINITE's Hoya but you'll be next to our side as Lee Ho Won. I'm not going to be sad anymore. I'm trying not to cry. I've never imagined INFINITE as 6 members and it'll take time but I'm going to try to slowly adjust to it. But that doesn't mean I'm going to forget you. You definitely deserve to be loved. I'll be cheering you on from the back so you can do everything you wish to do. I love you. And I'm sorry. I feel like I didn't do good enough for you. I'm so thankful that I came to like you! I miss you Ho Won."
Hoya is expected to expand his acting career under a new agency while INFINITE gear up for their first comeback as a group of 6.