There have been many K-Pop groups that had to deal with big changes in 2020, as some of them had to deal with a member leaving the group. Some of these idols ended up leaving due to scandals, while others left for personal reasons. Here’s a list of some K-Pop idols who ended up leaving their group in 2020.
1. Youngmin (Former member of AB6IX)
Youngmin faced major backlash after he was caught drunk driving. This led to him putting a halt to all his activities, which ultimately delayed AB6IX’s comeback. While Youngmin ended up apologizing for his actions, netizens still harshly criticized him for his actions.
Hello, this is Lim Youngmin.
I’m ashamed and sorry to deliver such disgraceful news.
I’m sincerely sorry for disappointing the people and fans who showered me with lots of love and hope.
I feel pathetic and miserable that I have to be a shameful hyung who caused my members to suffer unerasable harm due to my behavior. I’d also like to sincerely apologize to my company for causing them harm as well.
I’m deeply ashamed that the members who practiced hard for this comeback as well as the staff who worked hard have been harmed because of my foolish and irresponsible mistake…
I’m fully aware of the mistake I made, and I’m deeply regretting it and reflecting upon my actions. I will accept all of the blame regarding my irriversible actions with my head down and reflect upon it as I continue to live on.
To everyone including fans, members, company employees, and family, who believed in me and cheered me on… I am sincerely sorry.
After this scandal, Youngmin decided to step down from AB6IX, as he no longer wished to cause more harm to the group.
2. Jimin (Former member of AOA)
Jimin made headlines recently when former AOA member Mina revealed that Jimin had bullied her during their time together in AOA.
While Jimin initially tried to deny these claims, Mina fired back with multiple social media posts detailing some of the traumatizing experiences Jimin put her through. Jimin eventually had to leave both AOA and the entertainment industry due to the amount of backlash she was receiving from netizens.
3. Aini (Former member of PinkFantasy)
Aini departed from PinkFantasy due to health issues that made it hard for her to practice choreographies. While she’s no longer active as an idol, she’s still active as a model.
4. Yoon Heeseok (Former member of LIMITLESS)
Yoon Heeseok made a shocking announcement when he announced on his personal Instagram account that he was going to withdraw from LIMITLESS.
Hello, this is Yoon Heeseok.
I’m going to go forward as not LIMITLESS’ Yoon Heeseok, but simply Yoon Heeseok.
I know you must be surprised, but I wanted to deliver this message to fans who were worried that they haven’t heard anything since my activity last December, and I’m very sorry.
I’d like to sincerely thank all those who loved me until now.
— Yoon Heeseok
Yoon Heeseok ended up deleting his Instagram account after making this announcement. Also, his agency, ONO Entertainment, stated that they couldn’t get in contact with him about this decision and that he never discussed it with them.