On the afternoon of May 12 (Wednesday,) MONSTA X member Kihyun and I.M, alongside former member Wonho, were seen returning to Seoul from Jeju. Keep on reading for all the details.
MONSTA X I.M, Kihyun, and Former Member Wonho Spotted Returning Home From Private Trip
On Wednesday, May 12, MONSTA X member Kihyun and I.M, alongside former group member Wonho, were seen at Gimpo International Airport. The trio had arrived from a flight from Jeju Island to Banghwa-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul. It has been reported that the three returned home after a private trip on the island. This is the first time Wonho has been seen with MONSTA X since 2019.
Despite how the idols were on a personal trip, one that had nothing to do with their careers, numerous press and media outlets were present the day they arrived at the airport. Because of this, multiple photos and videos of the three were shared online.
so wonho kihyun and changkyun were seen together in the airport-— ig : _ggukiestar_ (@_ggukiestar_) May 12, 2021
i’m crying leave me alone pic.twitter.com/rtssbZ7bns
Wonho debuted with MONSTA X in 2015, earning a spot following his appearance on the survival show "No.Mercy." In 2019, however, it was announced the idol would be leaving the group after rumors of owed money and assets were brought to light. He was also taken out of the group following allegations of drug purchase and usage.
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In Mar. 2020, Wonho was cleared of all drug charges. He has since signed on with Highline Entertainment, a subsidiary of Starship Entertainment, the company MONSTA X is under. He made his solo debuted on Sept. 4, 2020, and has been active in the industry since.
How Did Fans and Netizens React to New That Wonho Had a Private Trip With MONSTA X's Kihyun and I.M?
Reactions from domestic fans and netizens were mixed. Some had complained that reporters and news outlets should leave them alone and respect their privacy. They criticized the South Korean news outlets for breaching the idol's privacy, as it was not publically announced that they would be returning to Seoul yet somehow found the flight information and waited at the airport.
Others believed it was the work of sasaengs and that they were guilty of leaking information to the press.
Others, however, criticized the MONSTA X members for appearing in public with Wonho. Many believed that there was no way people would not have found out about the trio's personal trip and that they should have been careful not to make headlines like this.
Others also criticized Kihyun and I.M for taking a break and enjoying themselves while other members, like Shownu, are forced to rest due to health issues.
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What do you think of the situation?
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Written by Alexa Lewis