ASTRO’s Rocky has officially left both the group and the agency according to Fantagio.
Fantagio announced on February 28 that Rocky would be departing ASTRO upon the expiration of his contract with the agency.
The agency also announced that the rest of the members will be continuing activities as a five member group, though they will be focusing on the unit and solo activities for the time being.”
Back in December, ASTRO’s JinJin, Cha Eun Woo, Moonbin, and Sanha all renewed their contracts with Fantagio. Their other member, MJ, is currently serving his military services and will be discussing his contract renewal when he returns.
Here is Fantagio’s full statement:
This is Fantagio.
First, we would like to sincerely thank all the fans who give ASTRO their love and support.
After a deep discussion with Rocky, who has been with us as a member of ASTRO for the past seven years, it has been decided that he will be ending both his exclusive contract with our agency and his activities as a member of ASTRO.
We thank Rocky for doing his utmost for a long time as a member of ASTRO, and we will be sincerely rooting for Rocky in the future.
We also thank the many fans who have supported and watched over Rocky, and we ask that you continue to give Rocky your unchanging interest and support as he makes a fresh start.
ASTRO will continue on as a five-member group in the future, and together with Fantagio, the members will be focusing on unit and solo activities for the time being. We plan to actively give them our unsparing support so that [the members] can be active in a wide variety of areas.
We ask that you continue to give the ASTRO members lots of interest and support.
Meanwhile, fans of ASTRO reacts to Rocky’s departure from the group.
IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU, ROCKY pic.twitter.com/rHFATfYFvM
— 클라라 (@eunwoosdiary) February 28, 2023
02.23 astro's 7th anniversary
02.25 rocky's 24th birthday
02.28 rocky leaving astro pic.twitter.com/CAycvfnlNX
— jenn (@eunwoocrush) February 28, 2023
no more rocky hyping his members during dance practice 😭😭😭😭 my heart is so broken rn pic.twitter.com/osDpQPqxL6
— anne ♡ | fan account (@lee_dongmin30) February 28, 2023
rocky’s “i love you, thank you” ending fairy hits different now. 🥺 pic.twitter.com/MPsayhn08r
— ً (@intokmj) February 28, 2023
Some also express thank the K-pop idol for his time as an ASTRO member.
thank you rocky for everything you will always be the main slayer pic.twitter.com/Erbbb0N0EI
— ëë (@ohmywoodz) February 28, 2023
This hit harder now 🥺
You did well my world star, Rocky 🙁 Thank you so much for your hardwork. Goodluck to you & for your future activities bub 😔🤍 pic.twitter.com/VnR0ySzeVo
— ris ✶ REST (@binanamiIk) February 28, 2023
Thank you for the memories, Rocky. And for sharing your life and dreams with us. MJ, Jinjin, Eunwoo, Moonbin, Sanha, & Arohas will continue to support you on your new journey.
Keep lighting up the galaxy with your smile, Park Minhyuk! We'll think of your name fondly. pic.twitter.com/T9OdbGiGo0
— ً (@MOONBINFILES) February 28, 2023
thank you rocky… thank you for being astro for 7 years… #THANKYOUROCKY 😭 pic.twitter.com/VPRWvylx19
— zyrene ☾ | sh ✩ (@sanhaupdates) February 28, 2023
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