2AM and Homme member Changmin is officially parting ways with BigHit Entertainment.
On February 1, BigHit Entertainment announced that Changmin would be leaving the agency to establish his own company.
The agency stated, “Our exclusive contract with Lee Changmin ended on January 31. After a long discussion with Lee Changmin about the future, we came to the agreement to terminate his exclusive contract.”
It went on, “As Lee Changmin establishes his one-man agency and begins promoting independently, we plan to maintain a cooperative relationship with him in the future. We sincerely thank Lee Changmin for trusting us and being with us until now. All of BigHit’s employees will continue to wish Lee Changmin well and cheer him on in the future.”
Later that day, Changmin took to Instagram to share his own thoughts. He wrote, “To those who found out the news by reading about it, you must have been very surprised… after many discussions with the company, I decided to return to my original mindset as ‘Lee Changmin the singer’ and take on a new challenge.
“Although my exclusive contract has been terminated, I still feel a strong bond with my BigHit family, with whom I’ve worked together for the past eight years, starting with ‘Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die.’
“[Bang] Shi Hyuk hyung, who took good care of me when I was lacking in many ways; [Lee] Hyun hyung, who worried more about me than I did myself; BTS, whom I’m so proud of; and everyone else in the BigHIt family, I sincerely thank you.
“To my fans who have always supported me and waited for me, I promise to work hard and promote actively.
“I am always grateful and sorry at the same time… I will say the same thing that I’ve said to my fans since debut: ‘I will sing until my throat gives out.'”
기사를 먼저 접한 분들은 갑작스런 소식에 많이 놀라셨죠.. 회사와 많은 논의 끝에 “가수 이창민”으로서 다시 초심으로 도전을 해 보기로 결심했습니다. 전속계약은 해지되었지만 죽어도 못보내 시절부터 8년간 함께 해온 우리 빅히트 식구들과의 끈끈한 관계는 계속 진행형입니다. 부족한 동생 많이 챙겨주신 시혁이 형, 저보다 저를 더 걱정해준 현이 형, 자랑스런 우리 후배들 BTS 이하 모든 빅히트 식구들 진심으로 감사합니다. 항상 응원해주고 기다려 준 우리 팬 분들께는 열심히 활동하는 모습 많이 보여드리겠습니다. 늘 감사하면서도 죄송합니다….. 데뷔 때 부터 우리 팬분들께 했던 말 “목이 터져라 노래하겠습니다.” 이창민 올림.
We wish Changmin the best in his future endeavors!