On March 15, FNC Entertainment confirmed Jonghyun's involvement in Seungri and Jung Joon Young's controversial chatroom and announced the CNBLUE member would be taking a hiatus. The label stated, "Lee Jong Hyun is deeply regretful and realizing his faults. As a public figure, he'll be careful of his words as well as self-reflect and atone."
However, fans have posted a petition stating a simple hiatus is not enough, releasing an official petition stating:
"Lee Jong Hyun is a member of CNBLUE who forgot his position as a singer and public figure. By causing social controversy, he's caused damage to the brand value and image of CNBLUE and FNC Entertainment. He's been revealed as a member of the controversial chatroom, spoke about women like objects with no hesitation, and continually acted like he forgot he was a public figure. Instead of sincerely apologizing and reflecting, he's remaining quiet. Jonghyun's illegal actions may be revealed through police investigations, but considering social awareness of sexual offenses and the fact that the fandom is mostly women, we cannot accept or spend on Jonghyun's promotions. We cannot tolerate Jonghyun staying on with the group and hurting the other members' images. On March 15 of 2019, we strongly request Jonghyun's exit from the group instead of a hiatus. This is irrelevant to the opinions of the other CNBLUE members. We will respect the members' opinions."
Stay tuned for updates.