On March 13, Hongki shared a photo of a puppy via Instagram and added the hashtag, "Given up."
Many assumed the hashtag is referring to the ongoing scandal involving Jonghun. With this in mind, one Japanese fan commented, "Please don't give up on Jonghun."
Hongki responded with a simple yet bold response, stating, "Given up."
Other fans showed support for Hongki, and commented, "I'm sorry Hongki TT But we've also given up on Jonghun," "Give up. give up. We will always support. We can do it with just the four. We can do it!"
Meanwhile, FNC Entertainment announced Jonghun has left F.T. Island and retire from the entertainment industry.