NCT’s been having this trend of adding and subtracting members in just a span of a few months, tbh.
From having 27 members and a new unit following the conclusion of “NCT UNIVERSE: LASTART” just a month ago, NCT is now down to 6 members. On October 2, 2023, SM Entertainment announced that Jungmin had departed from the debut team due to health reasons.
“Hello. This is SM Entertainment.
We express gratitude to fans who are waiting for the debut of NCT NEW TEAM (tentative name), and we are sharing an announcement regarding Jungmin who was selected as a pre-debut member.
After confirming the pre-debut members, NCT NEW TEAM was preparing to greet fans through the pre-debut tour that begins on October 8.
However, due to health reasons, Jungmin recently halted practice and other activities and was focusing on treatment. As official activities are beginning soon, we continuously discussed the possibility of Jungmin’s participation in activities with him along with his family and medical staff.
After deep consideration of Jungmin’s health as the top priority, Jungmin will not join NCT NEW TEAM and return to being a trainee, deciding to completely focus on recovery.
We feel apologetic to cause concern with sudden news to fans who were cheering on Jungmin’s debut, and we will support Jungmin so that he can focus on treatment and recovery and take on new activities in good health.
As a result, NCT NEW TEAM will carry out activities with six members from now on. They are preparing hard in order to impress fans, so please show warm support and interest.
We once again ask for the generous understanding of fans. Thank you.”
NCTzens all shared their support and gratefulness to Jungmin, who had worked hard for his eventual debut.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK, 𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐉𝐔𝐍𝐆𝐌𝐈𝐍! WE WILL WAIT FOR YOUR DEBUT. 🤍
GET WELL SOON, JUNGMIN💗pic.twitter.com/VMSbonH5fR
— ON | NCT Tokyo Fess (@NCTtokyofess) October 2, 2023
take all the time you need to come back stronger, jungmin! wishing you a speedy recovery and all the best for your career in the future. we'll cheer for you, whether it's jungmin with nct or another group!!! we love you, jungmin💚 pic.twitter.com/AzVanByVPA
— c (@yusiongalore) October 2, 2023
How weird…literally just like SM Rookies Shohei being injured before Riize/NCT Japan plans, and proceeding just like that…
— Mai (@ohsomaii) October 2, 2023
i hope jungmin recovers well 🥺 i'll miss him with the other members.
(to all the ppl who chose not to watch the show and continuously hate on these boys, they did nothing wrong, and it's wrong you're hating on them bc of a decision SM made. please grow up) https://t.co/N1AyLCEIJh
— 𝓣 ✨ (@multipstvtycrnr) October 2, 2023
“youʼll be well, I know youʼll be great.”
— NCT NEW TEAM ARCHIVES (@ARCH23IVES) October 2, 2023
leaked video of jungmin entering ncity again in 2024 😌
— ash for 헤이숑섴🌸 (@969901z) October 2, 2023
recover well, jungmin ☹️pic.twitter.com/L75FDmZJ1y
— 🥐 (@yoitlover) October 2, 2023
Sending lots of love & hugs to you Jungmin 💚 Get well and recover fully. pic.twitter.com/G0FAwyAzAP
— Queen V 💚 (@KpopWithV) October 2, 2023
first and last stage Jungmin bawain Hands Up sama nct! new teampic.twitter.com/1nZ1M2k6fO
— ON || NCT MENFESS (@nct_menfess) October 2, 2023
I don't want to let go of Jungmin that easily… 😔😔 all members adore him, we adore him & their dynamics as a team is already perfect.. it's hard to accept that he'll withdraw when he can just take a break 💔 pic.twitter.com/V4SVgF0tZm
— 치 🐿 (@rikujjang) October 2, 2023
— key (@snuglele) October 2, 2023
I’ll always miss your little “oouuiii” jungmin 😭 pic.twitter.com/Oj8zZiZYu2
— vic (@hndryong) October 2, 2023
ill be honest i feel nothing about jungmin not debuting. his health problems, whatever it may be, are a serious issue and this is something he decided after serious consideration. SM clearly favours him and they most definitely tried their best to keep him but alas.
— ilsa 🦝 (@mysonezen) October 2, 2023
nct new team will forever be 7 ㅠㅠ don't do this to us 😔 we'll wait for jungmin so pls let him join after his full recovery 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/rjYDTbaMYY
— 치 🐿 (@rikujjang) October 2, 2023
NCT new team is the definition of right person but wrong timing :(( gws jungmin, we’ll wait for you fosho 🥺🏻
— erra 👺 (@astral4ngel) October 2, 2023
At this point we will accept if jungmin can debut a year or 2 later in nct new team. I think tokyozens wont mind having to wait a little, bc chances are the next smnbg will be another 4-5 yrs judging by previous sm debut timeline 🥲
WE LOVE YOU JUNGMIN💚💚 https://t.co/y9V5qziirE
— peachi훈🌻 (@milkyhun_) October 2, 2023
Thank you for your time as a pre-debut member of NCT’s newest unit and for your talent, Jungmin! Hoping for your speedy recovery!
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