Following his controversial comments against EXO, Red Velvet and more, Hongbin is now making a comeback as a streamer. The former VIXX member continued his activities and he was known to have just finished his military service.
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According to Hongbin’s personal fancafe “Bean Field,” the male idol was discharged from the military on January 4, following his last vacation leave. In particular, all conscripts must be discharged without returning to the unit when using private vacations to prevent the spread of the infectious disease COVID-19 virus, which also happened to Hongbin.
Since then, Hongbin, who has spurred his comeback to the internet also opened his new Instagram account, went live on Twitter and returned to his Twitch broadcast. He stated that his career as a full time streamer would continue.
During his first Twitch broadcast since being discharged from the military, Hongbin appeared with an awkward smile at the beginning, expressing nervousness. However, his expression immediately changed and showed joy after seeing many fans sincerely welcome his return.
In 2019, Hongbin started his career as a streamer but only a year later, he caused a controversy that “forced” him to leave VIXX. The controversy arose on March 1, 2020, when Hongbin carelessly made disparaging comments against other idol groups including SHINee, INFINITE, EXO, and Red Velvet while he was drunk.
While listening to SHINee’s “Everybody,” he criticized the music and said, “This sucks.” He also compared VIXX (vampire) to EXO (wolf), saying that no one can keep up with them. He also implied that while EXO learned everything through SM, VIXX produced everything themselves.
While listening to Red Velvet’s remix, Hongbin showed an unpleasant reaction and defined the group’s music as “too idol-like” with “strong colors” calling their goal of attracting public attention a “failure.”
Lastly, the male idol mocked INFINITE’s “Be Mine” choreographer, highlighting that he would beat them for a certain cool part that he showed. Soon after, Ravi and Leo apologized on her behalf, telling fans not to worry.
Criticized by K-pop fans at home and abroad, Hongbin tried to apologize with another broadcast, but he created more chaos after saying “the members told him to leave the group.” More fans then started urging him to leave VIXX.
Although it was initially believed that the members and critics were the reason Hongbin decided to leave VIXX, the agency implied that the idol left of his own free will, and the members respected his decision.