On July 6, the actor posted the following to Eels, his fans:
I'm not sure where to start... I hesitated and worried for a long time.
However, more than anything else, I think it's right for me to greet Eels first.
Let's say goodbye temporarily.
Ahnyoung is a word for when you're happy to see someone you haven't met in a long time, and it's also a word for when you feel regret when saying goodbye. This time, it's unfortunately goodbye.
Everyone must have prepared their hearts somewhat, but now that I've said this, it feels like reality, right?
The time has finally come, and I'm just calmly waiting.
I'm a bit flustered because I'm going at a much later age than others.
When I look back, I was able to finish 2017 and start 2018 with you guys.
There's already only half a year left, and time is passing quickly as always. I feel more regret about saying farewell.
I want to spend the two years that will be given to me now as a meaningful time.
After debuting at a young age, I never once rested for 27 years.
I don't think I ever completely had time to myself.
We're resting briefly.
Everyone take care of your health, and don't get sick.
And I love you.
And if you cheat, you die."