NCT and WayV member Lucas announces departure from both groups
Hong Kong singer Lucas Wong has announced his departure from K-pop boy group NCT and its Chinese sub-group WayV.
The announcement was made in Chinese, Korean and English through his personal Instagram account on Wednesday. The decision comes after a year and a half of hiatus, following accusations of cheating and gaslighting made by two women he dated.
In his post, Wong expressed sadness he would no longer be with his long-time NCT and WayV bandmates.
I have made the difficult decision to part ways with the group NCT and WayV. I sincerely feel sorry for the members, and it is with a heavy heart that I leave behind a long-standing friendship. It has been nearly 8 years since I first joined the members, and I am deeply grateful for their care and support. I will cherish these memories and never forget. I hope that the members will remember me as Huang Xuxi, not just Lucas.
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He also hinted at possible solo endeavors and said he would take efforts to better himself.
Moving forward, I intend to muster the courage to face the fans who have been waiting for me and to pursue individual endeavors. I believe the best way to repay the fans who support me is by continuing to deliver outstanding performances. I will strive to become a more mature Huang Xuxi and an even better Lucas.
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SM Entertainment confirmed Wong's departure from both groups. In its statement, the agency said that the decision was reached after discussions with the singer.
“We made a mutual decision to part ways with the groups NCT and WayV to pursue his individual endeavors," they said.
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Wong was also a member of the SM Entertainment supergroup SuperM, which includes other popular K-pop stars such as Baekhyun, Kai, Taeyong, Ten, Mark and Taemin. It is currently unclear whether he will continue as a member of SuperM in the future.