C.A.P will be leaving Teen Top after facing criticism for using profanity during a live broadcast.
The group’s agency, TOP Media, released an official statement on May 11th: “After extensive discussions with the members, we have decided to part ways with C.A.P and he will no longer be a part of Teen Top.”
Teen Top will continue promoting as a four-member group, consisting of Chunji, Neil, Ricky, and Changjo. The agency expressed their regret, stating, “We sincerely apologize for the concerns caused by C.A.P’s thoughtless actions. We also take responsibility for the current situation and will do our best to manage our artists. We will soon provide more details regarding the group’s comeback after further discussions with the members.”
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C.A.P also addressed the issue on his Instagram, announcing his departure from the group. He wrote, “First of all, I would like to apologize to those who were hurt by my choice of words and behavior. Although I knew it could generate controversy, I acted recklessly and without thinking.” He further expressed his remorse, acknowledging the disappointment of fans who had trusted and supported him, as well as the members whom he considered family. “For a long time, I felt like I was wearing clothes that didn’t fit me. I tried to take them off by committing inappropriate actions that I knew I would deeply regret,” he explained.
C.A.P concluded, “I sincerely hope that no further harm comes to the members and the dedicated staff at the company who have been working hard for Teen Top’s comeback. Once again, I deeply apologize. Thank you for your love and support for Teen Top and for me, C.A.P.”
Meanwhile, Teen Top is scheduled to make their comeback in July.