Leaving F.T. Island and Pursuing a Solo Career
On December 24th, 2019, the management that oversees F.T. ISLAND wrote a long statement letter explaining that each of the personnel had made a decision regarding the contract. December 31st, 2019, will be the end of the collaboration between Song Seung-hyun and FNC Entertainment and F.T. ISLAND. “Our management has recently renewed the contract with Lee Hongki, Lee Jaejin, and Choi Minhwan of F.T. ISLAND,” wrote the management.
Currently, the members are carrying out and preparing for their mandatory military duties. So the management explained that the discussion was about where to take F.T. ISLAND after this formation change would be carried out after they are discharged from the army later.
“We will talk with the members after they have completed their mandatory military mandate about the group’s future goals. We will do our best to support the F.T. ISLAND members so that they can continue to create music and participate in various fields that show their individual strengths,” continued FNC Entertainment.
Meanwhile, for Song Seung-hyun, management explained that the member who was born on August 21st, 1992, will focus on pursuing a career in acting. Not only in the drama and web-drama sector, but Song Seung-hyun also targets theater, musicals, and short films. “He decided to focus on his activities as an actor after his contract with the management ended,” explained FNC management as quoted from a translation of the official statement quoted from Soompi.
In order to avoid misunderstandings with fans, management also confirmed that this decision had been discussed with the members. This decision was taken with the consent of all F.T.I SLAND personnel. “Our management and members appreciate the decision made by Song Seung-hyun and we ask for support for him who has been with FNC for the past 11 years,” concluded the management.
In 2019, F.T. ISLAND released a Japanese album titled Everlasting that contains 10 songs. While the last Korean album they launched was Over 10 Years, which was released in 2017. In addition, F.T. ISLAND experienced quite a few ups and downs in their career recently. In mid-2019, Choi Jong-hoon stumbled over the issue of alleged sexual crimes. Then at the end of the year, he gave his resignation because he wanted to focus on an acting career.
“Lately, our team has been through a lot. The sad… the fun, there are many moments in life that cause mixed feelings. I dare to stand up and finish our performance, and can wait, and all the other facts that have brought me this far. It is because fans are willing to wait and give strength through their infinite love.” Towards the end of the upload, Seung-hyun expressed his gratitude and praised the three remaining members, namely Lee Hong-ki, Lee Jae-jin, and Choi Min-hwan.
“We worked hard and succeeded! I think we did a good job. I believe you will be a better team in the future, and thank you for making memories in every moment I will never forget,” he wrote. Responding to Seung-hyun’s decision, which was said to have been thought through long discussions including with members and agencies, Hong-ki shared Seung-hyun’s photo on Instagram.
Seung-hyun, Lee Hong-gi, Lee Jae-jin, and Choi Min-hwan had been carrying the F.T. ISLAND flag together since 2007. A few days ago, FNC Entertainment’s agency confirmed that Seung-hyun would postpone his musical activities for acting. Meanwhile, F.T. ISLAND’s future is said to be uncertain because the other members are completing their military service.
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FNC Entertainment also issued an official statement regarding Seung-hyun’s decision, “We recently signed [renewed] contracts with three F.T.I SLAND members, Lee Hong-ki, Lee Jae-jin, and Choi Min-hwan.” The team’s direction will be discussed next after the three members complete their military service. “We will do our best to support F.T. ISLAND members to continue their musical activities and develop their realm in many ways,” the agency continued.
According to FNC, Seung-hyun’s decision was made after a long discussion. The agency said they respect and support the decision. “Another member, Seong Seung-hyun, ended his contract on December 31st and will end team activities. Song Seung-hyun, who has been acting in dramas, musicals, short films, and web dramas with F.T. ISLAND, has decided to become an actor,” said the agency.
Seung-hyun who was born in 1992, is the youngest member of F.T. ISLAND. He replaced Oh Won-bin in 2009. Following the news of his resignation, Seung-hyun uploaded an outpouring of heart on Instagram on December 25th, 2019.
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“Hello. This is Seung-hyun. Firstly, I would like to apologize once again to the Primadonna [designation for fans] who must have been surprised,” wrote Seung-hyun. “I joined F.T. ISLAND as a new member for the Japanese indie album I Believe Myself and started Korean promotions in February 2009. Since then, I have been very happy to receive and be able to share the love with you for 10 years.”
“I spent a long time feeling worried thinking over and over before making this decision, which I made through talking to the other members. To be honest, I don’t know what to say… I want to say this while standing in front of you, but I won’t be able to do it, so once again, I’m sorry,”
Seung-hyun revealed, he won’t forget the memories created together with F.T. ISLAND. He praised his colleagues for taking care of him, considering that he was still so naive in the past, “I don’t want to cause trouble for the team, and I’m working so hard that we can shine even brighter, and I think that encourages me to stay with F.T. ISLAND.”
F.T. ISLAND experienced many things lately, some good and some bad. Seung-hyun says that experience made him bolder. He also admitted that the pressure in the group made him tired, where he often felt lonely. “It was a very difficult decision after I talked to the members and staff of the other agencies, but I was so afraid of disappointing fans… I’m sorry… I have mixed feelings,” he said.
“However, this time I tried to gather strength, Song Seung-hyun. More than just ambition because I want to achieve personal dreams, I want to regain my original self and collect the parts that were injured. After worrying a lot, I changed my mindset that I am. I will try for myself. I am very happy. I am very grateful.”
“I will miss [F.T. ISLAND] very much. My time with F.T. ISLAND was the greatest dream that can be dreamed of. I am happy to be able to share that dream with you,” Seung-hyun wrote. He realized he could not be with other F.T. ISLAND members until the end physically but they still share the same passion.
“I believe you will be a bigger team in the future, and thank you for making memories in every moment I will never forget.” At the end of the upload, Seung-hyun had mentioned the agency boss Han Sung-hoo, who he said had supported him, and expressed his gratitude to the other agency staff. The long upload also received sad support from fans.
On April 7th, 2020, Song Seunghyun was reported to have signed his latest contract with the Wooridle Company agency. “We have signed an exclusive contract with Song Seung-hyun. He has unlimited potential as an actor and he also has the qualities of a star. We will give him full support so that he can continue to shine as an actor,” said the agency representative.
Apparently, Song Seung-hyun decided to focus on his acting career instead of returning to playing in the band. As is known, Song Seung-hyun first debuted as a member of F.T. Island in 2009. But apart from that, he is also quite active in several dramas and musicals. Recently, Song Seung-hyun also appeared in the web drama Asking If It’s Love And Answering That It Is Love. He takes on the role of a guitarist for the band led by Woo Man Su. Wooridle Company is an agency led by HOT’s Tony Ahn as CEO.
This company manages many top celebrities such as Park Eun Hye. Recently the actress even gave a speech for Song Seung-hyun joining the Wooridle Company through a post on Instagram.
“Song Seung-hyun is now under the same agency as me. I hope he can participate in big projects in the future and continue to shine. Welcome,” the actress wrote in the caption column.
Well, that’s all the F.T. ISLAND’s Seunghyun information, starting from his profile, his career, and his debut with F.T. ISLAND. Song Seunghyun has a good reputation so that he can continue his solo career at a new agency and still get a lot of appreciation and good attention from the public. Let’s keep praying that Song Seunghyun will have a bright career in the entertainment industry and hopefully we can continue to provide support and love to Song Seunghyun in the future!