Lee Jong-Hyun, the guitarist of Code Name: Burning, Lovely, Untouchable, Emotional — better known as CNBlue (often stylized in all capital letters) — is no longer with the popular K-rock boy band. Reportedly, Jong-Hyun departed from the band after his controversial messages with YouTuber Park Min-Jung were revealed.
Inappropriate interaction while serving in the military
According to the initial reports surrounding the situation between Lee Jong-Hyun and Park Min-Jung, the former was currently serving in the military when he sent an inappropriate message to the latter on August 28, 2019.
In the message, Lee Jong-Hyun writes how he likes Park Min-Jung’s videos and that she continues to upload more. He then ends his message on how he thinks her “belly fat is so cute.”
Apparently, Park Min-Jung felt uncomfortable with the message and decided to post it up via Instagram Stories much to Long Jong-Hyun’s chagrin. Still, he understood he is at fault and will accept any criticism on the matter, as detailed by his agency, FNC Entertainment.
Lee Jong-Hyun withdraws from CNBlue for his actions
Ultimately, Lee Jong-Hyun’s actions in which he tried to “slide in the DMs” of YouTuber Park Min-Jung, as well as his past transgressions in which he watched sexual videos of a woman in a one-on-one chatroom resulted in him withdrawing from CNBlue. FNC Entertainment conveyed a message from Lee Jong-Hyun on him leaving.
Hello. This is Lee Jong Hyun.
I once again apologize to the people I’ve hurt through my inappropriate words and actions and to all the people that I’ve greatly disappointed.
Also although it’s late, I am informing you that I’m withdrawing from CNBlue. I feel sorry that I have caused harm for the members, and I have told the members as well that I am withdrawing. I am ashamed to have disappointed the fans who believed in me.
Since all of us including me are currently doing our military service, it took a while to convey opinions and announce this. I feel sorry and grateful to our company who waited.
I feel great regret over my wrongdoing and I am willing to accept criticism from many people. I’m sorry for evoking criticism over a shameful matter.
It is sad this is the way Lee Jong-Hyun leaves the Korean music industry. Despite his personal choices, he, along with the rest of CNBlue, did make some of the best music that was unique from general K-pop.
For those interested in CNBlue, check out their official Korean and Japanese websites. For international fans who want to own physical copies of their albums, they are available for purchase at YesAsia.