This is despite being a victim himself.
Earlier this year, DKZ member Kyungyoon After its publication, it was embroiled in a scandal involving the controversial JMS cult. Netflix documentary, Inside This Name related to God: Holy Betrayal. It turned out that his family had ties to the cult and even ran a cafe affiliated with a church. Youngduk Ju Mideum (Youngduk Trust In God).
Although originally DKZ’s label, Dongyo Entertainmentshared a statement that Kyoungyoon’s family was unaware of the church’s affiliation with the JMS sect, the idol soon opened up about his personal experience of being brainwashed and sacrificed by the sect. And while she shared that she was an active member of the JMS singing club at one point, she vowed to leave the cult forever after watching the Netflix documentary.
While there were some inconsistencies in her story that raised some doubts about her relationship with JMS, at least the overall reaction from her fans seemed supportive. However, he still received a lot of backlash from netizens who didn’t believe him, which led to a personal apology from Kyoungyoon despite being a victim of the sect.
In April of this year, she announced that she would be taking a break to focus on her health and well-being after backlash that caused her to suffer from anxiety and sociophobia. While fans hope this will only be temporary, apparently that won’t be the case.
On August 7, Kyoungyoon shared a letter with DKZ’s fans about his future in the group’s fan cafe. While he stated that his condition has improved a lot in the last four months, after talking to DKZ’s company about his band member status, he has decided to leave DKZ and will start enlisting this year.
You can read the entire letter here.
Hello, I’m Kyungyoon. I’m sorry to share this, especially since I haven’t been here for a while. I am sad. I also apologize to the fans who were shocked and disappointed by what happened because of me. Thank you to those who shared their concerns for me.
I’ve thought a lot over the last five months. And after careful consideration of what’s best for the people I love, I’ve decided that it’s in everyone’s best interest to leave DKZ. I sincerely ask for your kind understanding. I don’t want to make regrettable decisions and I want to put the other members first. I will always support DKZ members and be grateful for the fans. These feelings will not change as long as I live.
Thank you again for all the love and support I’ve seen as DKZ’s Lee Kyoungyoon. I hope I can come back to you as a better person in the future. Until then, please stay healthy and happy. As DKZ’s Kyoungyoon, thank you all for the last time. I love you all.
Understandably, fans are saddened by Kyoungyoon’s departure from DKZ and are expressing their feelings on social media.
I just found out about Kyoungyoon 🥲 I hope he’s okay. Thank you for being Louis’ best brother and great leader of DKZ!!! take care and have a safe military service 🏻pic.twitter.com/KpTVWmmZjn
— Sya 🦢 (@DANNnSTARS) August 7, 2023
I don’t know how I will feel when Kyoungyoon leaves DKZ and joins the army. Depending on the situation, I understand that her family is involved and that stepping away from the spotlight is her best option. But what can we do as fans? Sometimes instead of hugging… pic.twitter.com/J9aPbbPhdO
— Sundeep (@sundeep2413) August 7, 2023
kyoungyoon i will support you forever 🙁 pic.twitter.com/tOfUQ0ebVf
— nemo 🧸 (@dkzism) August 7, 2023
I really don’t know if I can go on here without Kyoungyoon… I don’t think I can handle seeing DKZ without him. Without it I had ignored the grp images as well. She deserves a huge apology from anyone who treated her like crap. She doesn’t deserve this.
— ren 🐯 to wait for Kyoungyoon (@Bebi__Munik) August 7, 2023
thank you kyoungyoon 💌 see you again when you’re happy and healthy. I will always wait for you pic.twitter.com/LYUN5DiI6r
— henna💧 (@kissnmusic) August 7, 2023
thank you so much for everything kyoungyoon ❤️ please take care of yourself and stay healthy, we love you pic.twitter.com/6E03TTmFex
— mingyu.zip (@jmgzip) August 7, 2023
I will miss her and her beautiful voice forever, dkz main vocal. until we meet our kyoungyoon again pic.twitter.com/bDbAkAjeDm
— jessica🌼 suamchan kid (@goldennsone) August 7, 2023
We wish Kyoungyoon the best in his life and career.
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