On June 8, Brand New Music has confirmed that AB6IX’s leader Youngmin has left the group.
According to Brand New Music, “Back in the early morning hours of May 31, Lim Young Min attended a personal gathering with acquaintances and drank alcohol; after which he set out to drive himself home. He was stopped by police and charged with a DUI, and his license has been revoked. Lim Young Min is currently reflecting on his actions deeply, and plans on participating in any further police investigations as necessary with diligence.”
He has written an apology after the incident, but did not want to take a toll on the group so decided to leave the group.
This is a statement from Brand New Music;
Hello, this is Brand New Music.
First of all, we express sincere gratitude to the many fans who give love to AB6IX.
After thorough discussion with AB6IX member Lim Young Min, Lim Young Min’s departure from AB6IX was decided today with respect for his wish to no longer cause harm to the group.
We apologize for causing concern to many fans with the sudden news. In addition, we express our deep apologies to the many people involved in these album promotions due to the team’s situation.
As announced previously, AB6IX will continue promotions reorganized as a four-member group, and we will contribute even further effort to support AB6IX for their future.
Lastly, we once again sincerely apologize for having to share disappointing news to the fans who always support and cherish AB6IX, and we will put in our full effort for them to return with more mature music and performances.
We ask for unchanging love and interest for the four members of AB6IX who are working hard on preparing for their comeback even through the difficult situation.
The group’s comeback was originally scheduled for June 8 but due to the changes, it has been postponed to June 29.