Bang Yong-guk’s Departure From B.A.P
B.A.P’s Bang Yong-guk officially ended his exclusive contract with TS Entertainment on August 19th, 2018.
During the “B.A.P 2018 Live Limited in Seoul” concert on July 22nd, 2018, B.A.P opened up about their contracts and potential future activities. As the concert came to an end, Young-jae said that that day marked the end of B.A.P’s tour and B.A.P could end the tour well because there were fans with them. He began to shed tears as he spoke. Himchan then shared that the six members of B.A.P had their contracts expired at different dates. He revealed his thoughts that the concert might be their last concert together as six members.
Daehyun said that nothing had been decided yet, but as for then, that was their last scheduled concert. He was unable to finish his sentence. Youngjae turned around to hold in his tears. Fans were asking them to not go.
Jongup said that the members filled the concert with their stories from their debut till then. The concert would remain with him as a good memory. He added that he was grateful to the fans who had made them special and asked them to make them even more special in the future.
Bang Yong-guk concluded by stating that BABYs (B.A.P’s official fan club name) were always a big source of energy for them. He said that they were always working hard to show their best side and asked their fans to keep giving them love.
The day after the concert, TS Entertainment responded to B.A.P’s concern about their future. TS Entertainment said that nothing had been confirmed yet and they were in discussion with B.A.P members at the time. However, rumors about disbandment were already the topic of conversation among netizens.
A month later, TS Entertainment released an official statement that B.A.P’s Bang Yong-guk, who had been with TS Entertainment since August 12th, 2011, ended his exclusive contract with them on August 19th, 2018. TS Entertainment also said that they had spoken with Bang Yong-guk and other B.A.P members. The agency respected Bang Yong-guk’s decision to leave and expressed their gratitude to him for being with them till then. They wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
TS Entertainment also shared that B.A.P would continue their future activities with five members (Himchan, Daehyun, Youngjae, Jongup, and Zelo). B.A.P’s scheduled activities will continue as planned and the agency will continue to give their support to B.A.P. They concluded their statement by asking fans to continue giving B.A.P their love and interest in the future.
Several days after the announcement of his departure from B.A.P, Bang Yong-guk expressed his feelings in a handwritten letter to his fans. He posted the letter on his Instagram account.
The letter read:
“A message that I posted in the late hours of the night when the moon was especially beautiful.
First, I’d like to bow my head and apologize for having delivered such regretful news to the many BABYs who have loved and cared for B.A.P up until now. I am accepting all of your feelings with a heavy sense of responsibility. That’s how important and precious [B.A.P] was to me. Please understand my meaning.
It’s difficult to put into words just how much strength the B.A.P members and BABYs have given me, from debut up until now.
Looking back, I think I was someone very small and lacking in many ways, and I feel as though I owe a huge debt to the [B.A.P] members and fans who made such a small person grow and become an admired artist.
I plan to engrave my gratitude deep inside my heart and never forget it. Thank you for giving me far more love, support, and encouragement than I deserved.
Please continue to look after B.A.P and the B.A.P members, whom I care about more than anything else [in the world], in the future.
And wherever I am, I will always continue to push forward and make music as former B.A.P leader Bang Yong-guk. Please keep an eye on me.
As always, I love you, and I respect you.
Sincerely, Bang Yong-guk.”
We wish Bang Yong-guk and B.A.P the best of luck in their future endeavors respectively!