by Jonathan M. Hicap
February 25, 2011, 1:26pm
NH Media, the boy band’s agency, explained that two new members will be recruited to replace Alexander and Kibum to re-energize U-Kiss. The agency initially said that it was a mutual agreement to terminate the exclusive management contract between NH Media and Kibum. However, Kibum said he was forced to sign a document to dissolve the contract.
On his Twitter, Kibum posted that his leaving U-Kiss was not related to Piro Piro, an online store that he and his brother, Kim Hyung Joon of SS501, created last year.
He said he prioritized U-Kiss more than anything else.
Anthony Eusebio, father of Alexander, tweeted Kibum to say that he supports him.
“KBummie, I'll be always on ur side & by ur side & more importantly God is w/ us,” Mr. Eusebio said.
He added, “Son, I know u're hurting, we knew it's not ur fault! Soon they'll know the truth, & the truth will set u free!”
Kibum tweeted back, “Thank u father, everything's tearing me apart. I'm still hurting.”
On the other hand, Alexander will remain as a talent of NH Media despite being out of U-Kiss.
Fans of U-Kiss, collectively called KissMes, have launched an online petition to bring back Alexander and Kibum to the boy band. As of today, 3,100 fans have signed the petition.
They are criticizing NH Media for letting the two go, saying that Alexander and Kibum are both talented and are important in U-Kiss.
U-Kiss debuted in the K-pop scene in 2008. The boy band visited the Philippines in March last year for mall shows. U-Kiss went back to the country in June for a concert.
The remaining members of U-Kiss are Ki Seop, Soohyun, Eli, Kevin and Dong Ho.
Photo courtesy of their Twitter accounts.
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