NCT will now continue as 22 members, and Wayv with 6 members.
On May 10, 2023, SM Entertainment released an official statement regarding Lucas. The agency detailed that the artist will be departing NCT and WayV following careful discussions between them and Lucas.
— SMTOWN (@SMTOWNGLOBAL) May 10, 2023
SM Entertainment also said that Lucas will be focusing on his “solo endeavors,” implying that the former NCT and WayV member will be debuting as a solo artist in the future.
Lucas also announced his departure from the two groups on his personal Instagram account with a handwritten letter. The letter reads as follows:
“Hello, this is Lucas.
Today, I have an important announcement to share with you.
After much deliberation and reflection, I have made the difficult decision to part ways with the group NCT and WayV. I sincerely feel sorry for the members, and it is with a heavy heart that I leave behind a long-standing friendship. It has been nearly 8 years since I first joined the members, and I am deeply grateful for their care and support. I will cherish these memories and never forget. I hope that the members will remember me as Huang Xuxi, not just Lucas. I genuinely love them and will always support them from the bottom of my heart.
It took considerable time for me to reach this decision, and I believe this is the right decision for the good of all. Moving forward, I intend to muster the courage to face the fans who have been waiting for me and to pursue individual endeavors. I believe the best way to repay the fans who support me is by continuing to deliver outstanding performances.
I will strive to become a more mature Huang Xuxi and an even better Lucas.
Lastly, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the fans and everyone who has continually supported me.”
The news itself shocked the K-Pop stan community, most especially Lucas’ fans who have been calling for updates regarding his future activities in NCT and WayV.
Others were bringing back memories of NCT2020, the former member’s last activity with the entirety of NCT. Lumis also welcomed Lucas’ new and future activities, and have pledged their support for him.
Lucas announces withdrawal from NCT and WayV through his personal Instagram account
— The Seoul Story (@theseoulstory) May 10, 2023
WayV and NCT account is no longer following Lucas too pic.twitter.com/XB26tclDaI
— NANATION ; 나나 🍓 (@NANATlON) May 10, 2023
Lucas got removed from WayV.
WayV will continue as a 6 member group 🥳 pic.twitter.com/1BVBT2m1Fu
— َ (@wayvbbl) May 10, 2023
nct 2020 best era ! thank you lucas you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/GAyRYxJTlG
— cAnO 🌷 (@yOitrsr) May 10, 2023
— milkyjcc (@Nazwaevril_) May 10, 2023
— 🐱 (@melovebagel) May 10, 2023
all the best my giant baby , lucas . i'll keep supporting u till the end ♡ pic.twitter.com/AA74hZxQfG
— mai 🥣 | d-10 meeting marklee (@0812LMK) May 10, 2023
WayV members and Wayzennie will always remember you Lucas. Thank you for your hard work and the love you gave to us. Good Luck for your solo career. We will always support you.
We love you so much Lucas! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/I42MnCpG0n
— ✧.* Syu Winwin *ੈ✩‧ (@nrsyuz) May 10, 2023
Thank you so much for NCT and WayV Lucas that I've known this far. Since you are the first one who literally made me curious about NCT. Waiting you for the last 2 years, but this is the final.
I will wait for more of your activity forward, Soloist Lucas.
— Netta (@nettaohnetta) May 10, 2023
lucas leaving nct and wayv literally just ruined my night pic.twitter.com/jFcDXx5QWF
— r☽ (@NAVR98) May 10, 2023
Goodbye Lucas NCT WayV, Welcome Soloist Huang Xuxi Lucas 😎❤️🔥pic.twitter.com/H6Q3IWJdn6
— sss (@onyour___sar) May 10, 2023
lumis celebrating his departure 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 WE CHEERED pic.twitter.com/xjHUmtuqdq
— ლ(・﹏・ლ ) LUCAS IS FREE (@do0_lucas) May 10, 2023
— nctyzenbase²³ (@nctyzenbase) May 10, 2023
Lucas is going to be active as a solo artist from now on. Lucas Solo let's go!!!
— ⁺◟✿ naa (@kmjxuxi) May 10, 2023
The final chapter, War is over. You did well, Lucas. pic.twitter.com/OWO4Sgmo7K
— Lala (@dopammin) May 10, 2023
— ʟᴜᴍɪꜱᴄᴀꜰᴇ ☕ (@LumisCafe) May 10, 2023
y’all cheering from this but y’all aren’t realizing that wayv is OFFICIALLY gonna flop from this, nct & superm are gonna loose A LOT of fans. lucas leaving means that sasanegs can truly take advantage and RUIN idol careers. ur sick if ur happy about this .. https://t.co/SIhuGGg7b6
— SC ᥫ᭡ (@slayycas) May 10, 2023
At the same time, other fans were “celebrating” the news, especially how they have been calling for his removal from the group.
“Lucas announces withdrawal from NCT and WayV”
Nctzens right now: pic.twitter.com/cIbknkCCaF
— Angel 🐶🦋 (@best_jaewoo) May 10, 2023
nct kicking lucas' ass out of the dorms after the announcement pic.twitter.com/RtPEGgX5xK
— jongho bongo. (@ch9iluvr) May 10, 2023
everyone in nct celebrating as lucas packs his bags pic.twitter.com/3De6WRdxDI
— ari (@huinjaes) May 10, 2023
I DO NOT GIVE A FUCK IF UR SAD LUCAS LEFT NCITY pic.twitter.com/1UUWTwjM8H
— ᴊae?? ✩ (@jaesdimplezz) May 10, 2023
“We’ll always support you Lucas”
WHOS WE pic.twitter.com/3y59J0NSMC
— ᴊae?? ✩ (@jaesdimplezz) May 10, 2023
Sm talking to Lucas pic.twitter.com/hQD0Dix9k6
— deranged, demonic,mind control…GEE! (@voodookunt) May 10, 2023
The way there’s more qrt on SM’s post about Lucas than Phantom’s initial stream count… where the fuck were y’all for WayV’s comeback? If everyone who qrt streamed even 10x, the stream amount who go up by more than a million… where has y’all’s support for WayV been for 2 years? pic.twitter.com/SwzyuqU37p
— мутнαмσѕ || φ 🎭 (@_Mythamos_) May 10, 2023
Announcement about him leaving but no statement either the rumour was true or not..
— Mirae | Claire's girl ♡ (@hhyuckirae) May 10, 2023
So lucas gets to keep his contract with SM (outside of nct and wayv) but Jessica was kicked out for having a lil side hustle??
— xander (@FR1ENDSGO) May 10, 2023
may we never forget the reason behind this statement is he harassed women and never paid his crimes lawfully or even a sincere apology. wishing everyone that still gives him jobs and supports him in the future a very bad day in hell together with him. https://t.co/v99dgUjTHR
— 🍧 (@louizvuiten) May 10, 2023
the difference of the replies and the qrts 💀💀💀💀💀💀 https://t.co/tCKUgdLEfN
— Vee (뷔) (@zwolftenaugust) May 10, 2023
— 🦉🥀🎭 (@prodtaeks) May 10, 2023
still deciding to keep a sexual predator in your company is crazy work tbh and definitely seems to only be done bc of nct 2023 shit coming soon https://t.co/x8dBmsh5Bg
— eden (@astralcenter) May 10, 2023
what the hell kind of hold does lc have on sm? even if you want to deny his allegations he is genuinely one of the most unprofitable members with barely any support with cfans and kfans and majority of ifans, its rlly useless to keep him in sm https://t.co/or86cdRJaY
— en (@825POLARIS) May 10, 2023
as much as this is great news knowing hes not in the group anymore, it still irks me that hes still under the company and having a solo career. like yea hes free from the group but what about the victims bc thats whats important and its just so unfair to them https://t.co/pNxj9WiomB
— ‹𝟹 (@jaeizms) May 10, 2023
if the rumor wasn't true they wouldn't have kick him out 🤷♀️
— ِ (@j214s) May 10, 2023
Best wishes to the new beginnings of Lucas!
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