Rowoon leaves SF9 to focus on acting career: ‘I want to take on a new challenge’
Singer-actor Rowoon confirmed his departure from K-pop boy group SF9 to focus on his acting career, according to a statement from his label FNC Entertainment.
In a statement on SF9’s fancafe last Monday, Sept. 18, FNC announced that SF9 “renewed their contracts” with the agency and will “now take another leap forward,” while Rowoon will “focus on individual activities including acting.”
Although the directions of their activities are different, Rowoon, who will remain as the ninth member of SF9, will cheer his fellow members, while each will “put in their full effort on their own paths in order to impress fans,” the label said, per a Soompi translation.
Meanwhile, the singer-actor apologized to his fans through a letter, while admitting that he wants to “take on a new challenge” as a 27-year-old star.
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“This year, I am 27, and I want to take on a new challenge,” he was quoted as saying. “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.”
“Depending on the occasion, you need to have courage to face and deny a misunderstanding when it arises, but the past [few] days I was always busy hiding. I sincerely apologize if there are fans who were hurt and felt upset at my complacent attitude,” he further added.
Rowoon also hoped that fans would “keep watch” of his career from now on.
“Please keep watch so that my 27-year-old self can live a life that he can be responsible for,” he said. “I will be exactly as everyone remembers. I am grateful to everyone. I would be grateful if you keep watch over me with affection.”
Rowoon debuted as the visual, lead vocalist, and center of SF9 in October 2016. He made his acting debut in July 2017 when he appeared as a minor character in the K-drama “School 2017.”
The singer-actor is best known for his lead roles in the K-dramas “The King’s Affection,” “She Would Never Know,” and “Destined with You.” EDV