MONSTA X‘s upcoming new album titled FANTASIA X has been postponed.
On May 4, Starship Entertainment uploaded a post on their official Twitter account, announcing the postponement of the album due to Shownu‘s back pain.
The announcement said:
Hello, this is Starship Entertainment.
We are truly sorry to make a sudden announcement that there will be a delay in the release of MONSTA X’s mini-album <FANTASIA X>.
Recently member Shownu experienced back pain while practicing the choreography for the upcoming comeback. He was immediately transferred to the hospital for a medical examination. Based on the result of the examination, Shownu was diagnosed to avoid any extreme exercise, excessive movement, and to get injection treatment along with physiotherapy for a quick recovery.
Currently, Shownu is being treated regularly for recovery and his condition has improved evidently. However, it was decided that the original comeback schedule could affect the state of his recovery. To get an accurate judgment, Shownu got a medical examination and received a response that he would need more time for recovery.
As we put priorities on the artists’ condition, we have finally decided to postpone the release date of the FANTASIA X album in consideration of Shownu’s condition and further activities in the future.
MONSTA X’s upcoming new album <FANTASIA X> which was originally slated to be released on the 11th of May will be postponed to May 26, 2020. Further notice regarding any contents release will be re-announced once it gets organized.
Once again, we would like to give sincere apologies and ask for a kind understanding of the fans who have been waiting for the comeback of MONSTA X.
MONSTA X were originally slated to make their comeback on May 11, with their 8th mini-album FANTASIA X, and it would be Joohoney‘s first comeback since his hiatus. Fans have been understanding and supportive, and even trended #GetWellSoonShownu on Twitter to show their support for their favorite leader!
— dops (@dopsbops) May 4, 2020
Health always comes first. Please donot stress your self too much @OfficialMonstaX Mbbs can wait till you're fully recovered Shownu. Please take care of your heath #GetWellSoonShownu #SHOWNU #MONSTA_X #FANTASIA_X ❤
— WONHOMENON (@WonhomenonOt7) May 4, 2020
Oh, no. My sun❤❤❤❤❤ We love you, Showu. Be healthy, my bear❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/KMwLahGLD4
— Wonho, we love you❤🐰 (@zhirock1) May 4, 2020
We wish you a speedy recovery, Showu!