On September 18, Rowoon shares a heartfelt message, announcing her departure from SF9.

FNC Entertainment, Rowoon’s label, has announced that Rowoon will be officially leaving SF9 after 7 years since he debuted in the group. According to FNC Entertainment, 8 of the members have renewed their contracts but Rowoon didn’t.

Both, FNC Entertainment and Rowoon revealed that Rowoon wants to pursue a solo career in music and acting.

Rowoon released a heartfelt message to fans:

“Hello, this is Rowoon.

I think I thought a lot about what words to start with.

It honestly also feels a bit scary to write for the first time in so long.

I think I’ve become slightly more familiar with being more strict on myself while taking on scheduled activities and taking on new challenges.

There was also frustration in not being able to solve big or small misunderstandings one by one, and while thinking that one day my sincerity would be delivered, the days passed by while I focused on the work I immediately needed to do.

Of course, I understand that I may receive as much hate as I’ve received interest and support, but I guess I’m a little soft.

Depending on the occasion, you need to have courage to face and deny a misunderstanding when it arises, but the past days I was always busy hiding. I sincerely apologize if there are fans who were hurt and felt upset at my complacent attitude.

If you felt unfamiliarity with how I changed, you must have also definitely felt upset that I hid away. I sincerely apologize.

I participated in scheduled activities with a grateful heart for each and every precious memory during the past seven years.

I’m only filled with gratitude as I’m writing [this letter] while looking back on my life. This is also thanks to everyone.

This year, I am 27, and I want to take on a new challenge.

I really didn’t know at all how to say this or where and how I should start speaking, but I want to take the courage to convey that I want to take on a new challenge.

Please keep watch so that 27-year-old Kim Seok Woo (Rowoon’s real name) can live a life that he can be responsible for.

I will be exactly as how everyone remembers.

I am grateful to everyone.

I would be grateful if you keep watch over me with affection.”

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