The remaining members of Korean supergroup Super Junior finally broke their silence and shared their feelings about controversial members Kangin and Hankyung. Fans of the formerly thirteen-member idol group are familiar with controversies involving these two members: Kangin was involved in an assault case shortly followed by a drunk driving incident, while Hankyung abruptly resigned from the group to pursue a solo career in China. This break was particularly infamous because he ended up suing SM Entertainment, Super Junior’s management and record label.
During the Chuseok special of MBC’sÂ Radio Star Super Show, the members expressed that when Kangin was first involved in the assault case, they felt the need to shield and protect him. However, they felt betrayed after he was involved in a drunk driving incident just a month later. The members continued,Â â€œWe believed that we are all one, so we tried to protect him as much as possible. They say that time heals, and as time passed, our feelings softened as well.â€ Kangin is currently serving his mandatory military service.
As for their feelings for Hankyung’s decision to sue SM Entertainment and leave the group, the members stressed they were close to him. However, given the circumstances, they have not been able to contact Hankyung. Lee Teuk, Super Junior’s leader, said, â€œIt would have been nice if he discussed his problems with the members first because we honestly had no idea.â€ The members further said they were quite disappointed when they learned of reports about how difficult Hankyung’s life was in Korea and how the Super Junior members did not take care of him.
Fans can still hope for a reunited Super Junior as Lee Teuk, once voted best leader of an idol group, said that “We leave an empty space for Hankyung. My one dream is to stand on stage with all 13 of us and perform before I leave for the army. I hope for it to happen.” With their loyal fans behind them, the leader’s dream will not be impossible to achieve.