After admitting to attempting to purchase illegal drugs back in 2016, K-pop star Kim Hanbin, better known as B.I., leader of the boy band iKON, announced he’s leaving the hugely popular group. According to the Dispatch report obtained by Soompi, the 22-year-old tried to buy marijuana and LSD.
“It is Kim Hanbin. First of all, I apologize for the inconvenience caused by my inappropriate actions. It is true that I once wanted to rely on things that were so hard and painful that I should not even have an interest. But I was also scared and not afraid. However, I am also ashamed and sorry to all of you and the members who are greatly disappointed and hurt because of my wrong speech. I want to leave my team and humbly reflect on my mistakes. I apologize once again for your heartfelt sympathy to your fans and members. Sorry.”
Since I became a Kpop Fan, all I wanna do is to burn down this freaking Dispatch, they are not just ruining the idols lives but also the fans. 🙁 Making up issues that is not freaking true then look what happened?! Kim Hanbin decided to do this since he is a leader. :'(#iKON pic.twitter.com/cpawzmvPhZ
– Ainsylee💕EXO (@Ainsylee) June 12, 2019
The response from his fans to the news of B.I.’s departure was of complete sadness. Many believe the group will never be the same without him, while others are still waiting on confirmation that he’s actually leaving iKON from the group’s music label YG Entertainment.
As a fan, I can hardly do things. I hope iKON are w/ Hanbin or have his family w/ him to comfort him rn & talk it out. He needs someone to be w/ rn more than ever. Him just considering doing things & having intents to leave is alrdy alarming. PLEASE make sure to reach out to him.
– ° (@ACTJISUS) June 12, 2019
If you know hanbin, you’d know. You’d know he wants to leave so that people won’t attack ikon bc of him. Even tho he did not do anything. This is the time for us to be strong, ikonics. Does he think we’ll let go of our leader that easily? pic.twitter.com/F0ssGS1uCy
– 张慧慧 (@kkultyra) June 12, 2019
Without Hanbin, the group, which officially debuted in 2015, will be down to only 6 members: Bobby, Jay, Ju-ne, Song, DK and Chan.
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Source:: Daily Times