Winnie, known for his participation in ‘Boys Planet’ and as a member of NINE.i, is embarking on a new journey. FirstOne Entertainment announced his departure from the group due to health concerns, specifically a shoulder muscle rupture. Winnie’s commitment to his health and future endeavors is a priority for both him and the label.
FirstOne Entertainment’s full statement:
This is FirstOneEntertainment.
We would like to inform you about NINE.i WINNIE, who was on hiatus due to injury.
WINNIE was diagnosed with a shoulder muscle rupture in April last year and has been consistently and faithfully undergoing exercise and rehabilitation treatment for a complete recovery.
However, based on the opinion of the medical staff that there is a high possibility of recurrence of the ruptured shoulder muscle if excessive choreography is performed, we had a long and in-depth discussion with the company about the direction of future activities, and the activities as NINE.i, which requires continuous choreography, have come to an end. We decided to do it.
WINNIE will take some time to focus more on recovering his health and then show his various sides through personal activities.
Although his activities as a NINE.i member are coming to an end, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the fans who have shown generous support and great love to WINNIE.
As a result, we would like to inform you that NINE.i will continue its activities as a 9-member group.
We apologize for causing concern to many fans with the sudden news.
We ask for your love and encouragement to WINNIE who is pursuing individual activities.
Please give your warm support to the nine members of NINE.i.
While Winnie’s time with NINE.i has come to a close, he remains with FirstOne Entertainment to explore solo opportunities. His journey in the industry began with NINE.i in March 2022 and gained further recognition on Mnet’s ‘Boys Planet’ in 2023. Fans can look forward to Winnie’s individual pursuits in the future.
Winnie’s transition from a group member to a solo artist reflects the dynamic nature of the K-pop industry, where artists often evolve and adapt their careers. His determination to overcome health challenges and continue contributing to the music scene is a testament to his resilience and passion for the craft.