Vocalist Kim Woojin has prompted a social media storm by departing the K-pop sensation Stray Kids as the hashtag #ThankYouWoojin is trending on Twitter with about half a million posts. As their management company JYP Entertainment, who formed the band in a TV show in 2017, stated the 22-year-old has parted ways with the 8 other members over "personal circumstances”.
It has also cancelled Woojin’s exclusive contract and the hit-maker Stray Kids has delayed the release date of its new EP “Clé: Levanter” for two weeks to 9 December.
Woojin was the oldest member of the band and the group’s debut EP “Mixtape” dropped in January 2018. The band itself was given the title of honorary ambassador by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism six months later. His departure has left many fans heart-broken, who’ve since rushed to Twitter to share their feelings and thank their idol.
I’m a loss for words. Woojin thank you for everything, I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve helped me through. I’ll always support you and wish you the best of luck. I love you. #woojinweloveyou #woojin pic.twitter.com/mIUkBd0qsh— 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒐𝒐𝒋𝒊𝒏 ☽ ♡ (@aphrodasticji) October 28, 2019
I cant believe it’s true 😭 I respect your choice although I am really sad that you left , we will miss you a lot and don’t forget that stays will always be by your side ❤️ #woojin #ThankYouWoojin pic.twitter.com/gDC1TKp7pn— ThankYouWoojin (@kareoun) October 28, 2019
Some called on fellow fans to support the star and pray that he is okay.
To all my fellow STAYs out there. Despite the sad news that JYP gave us today, let us continue to support and love Woojin. He needs all the love and support. Let us all pray and hope that he is ok. Let us show our love and support to Woojin. ❤️❤️❤️#StrayKids #Woojin pic.twitter.com/PeReMmNplV— 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒆 ✧ #ThankyouWoojin (@mminlattae) October 28, 2019
This man deserves all the love and support. Stay strong Woojin!! Just know we STAYs are always here for you no matter what. We will love you forever and ever and ever!!! I love you sooooooooooooooooo much Woojin!! Always remember you make STAYs stay❤️❤️❤️ #StrayKids #Woojin pic.twitter.com/FBrUB5gMwC— 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒆 ✧ #ThankyouWoojin (@mminlattae) October 28, 2019