On September 14, the six members of INFINITE held a surprise Naver V Live session.
Last June, the group celebrated their seven-year anniversary together, but with Hoya’s decision to not renew his contract with Woollim Entertainment, they were not yet able to promote as a group. And last August, Hoya decided to part ways with INFINITE.
In the V Live session, fans were able to see INFINITE for the first time in a while. The six members were all wearing matching white shirts and black pants. From the start, they were noisy and cheerful as always.
They hinted at their comeback, saying, “We wore matching clothes today. Our album didn’t come out but we can’t just sit here and do nothing. So we’re going to start soon. We’ll show you guys.”
INFINITE had teased their seven-member comeback last May but due to the change in the group their comeback was indefinitely postponed. Because of this, the members also experienced a long break.
The members brought up the upcoming holidays, stating, “It’s almost Chuseok. We hope that everyone will have a great holiday,” as well as, “All we have is time nowadays. I’m taking time to reflect on myself.” They also revealed their plans by saying, “I’m going on a short trip with my family,” “I’ll probably be filming something,” as well as, “I’m going to look for persimmons,” and, “I’m going to continue recording.”
The members also stressed the importance of health for both themselves and the fans. They also promised, “We plan on meeting fans with a lot of different content. If you send us your ideas we’ll look over them. Please look forward to our individual activities as well.”
Meanwhile, Woolim Entertainment announced INFINITE’s comeback as a six-member group after Hoya’s departure. INFINITE will be releasing an album before the end of the year and will be continuing other activities.
INFINITE’s Sunggyu and Lee Kyung Kyu will be partnering up for ‘Insolent Housemate’.
On September 11, MBC revealed the idol star and Lee Kyung Kyu are the new pairs on the variety show. Meanwhile, photos of them roaming the streets together in Seoul have been spreading online. It’s assumed the new housemates enjoyed a date together for the show.
The broadcast date of 'Insolent Housemate’ with Sunggyu and Lee Kyung Kyu is not yet confirmed. The ongoing general strike against MBC is expected to cause delays.
INFINITE are due to have a comeback this year, although an official date has not yet been announced.
Because they had already prepared for a comeback in May of this year (which was postponed due to Sunggyu’s injury), it should not be too hard to release the album quickly. They will need to re-record the album, re-shoot the MV and album jacket photos and reorganise.
Some members are still going ahead with individual schedules, and as such this puts a further delay. Once this is completed, the members will focus on group activities.
On August 30, Woollim Entertainment announced that Hoya will be leaving INFINITE.
The agency wrote, “INFINITE member Hoya’s exclusive contract with us ended on June 9, 2017 after being with us for the past seven years.”
They explained that while discussing contract renewals in June, he decided to take another path to pursue his dreams, and the company and members decided to respect his decision. “As it was a careful decision that had to be made, a lot of time was spent for consideration,” they continued.
Woollim revealed, “With the exception of Hoya, INFINITE members Kim Sunggyu, Jang Dongwoo, Nam Woohyun, Lee Sungyeol, L, and Lee Sungjong have completed contract renewals. The agency is working on reorganizing as a six-member group, and we plan on actively supporting their group and individual activities as we are now.”
They ended, “Lastly, we ask for your unchanging support for the futures of the six members of INFINITE and Hoya.”
According to a spokesperson for Woollim Entertainment, as of the 28th June six members of INFINITE have renewed their contracts with the company. One member is yet to re-sign but the company has clarified that talks are heading in a positive direction.
Earlier, it was reported that INFINITE’s Sunggyu sustained a rib injury and that he would, therefore, have to halt activities to recover. Reportedly, the singer got injured while playing a game during filming for Channel A’s “Singderella.”
INFINITE’s group comeback was originally scheduled for May and the group was supposed to film the MV for their new track on March 30. A source stated, “Due to his rib injury, we believe it will be difficult for Sunggyu to carry out the choreography for the MV with the rest of his members on that day. Therefore, we may have to change the shoot schedule in order to accommodate the change in circumstance.”
Since then, INFINITE’s management agency, Woollim Entertainment, has since released an official statement saying, “Sunggyu was injured recently on set and sustained a fracture to his ribs. Although it’s not a minor injury, Sunggyu has been resting and has told us that he feels alright. We have halted activities for Sunggyu so that he can get all the rest he needs.”
Regarding INFINITE’s comeback, the company stated, “We don’t see [Sunggyu’s injury] as a huge obstacle as of yet; however, we realize we will need to be flexible. We are carefully discussing the matter and so the group’s official comeback is pending at this point.”
INFINITE’s Dongwoo will not be able to participate in the musical “In the Heights” due to poor health conditions.
A source from Woollim Entertainment said on October 26, “With the changing season, Dongwoo had been showing signs of a cold, and he will not be able to perform. We will be keeping an eye on Dongwoo’s condition to see if he will be able to carry out his other activities.”
Dongwoo plays the character Usnavi in the Japanese musical, which is running through the end of October.
This past October 9, INFINITE held a fan signing at the COEX in Samsung-dong, Seoul for their recent comeback, their first in a year and two months.
When asked about where they see themselves in seven years, the members each said that they’ll probably still be together, working on music, traveling the country on a concert tour, reuniting after military service, etc.
The members then took turns to ask the fans questions. Dongwoo asked what kind of concept fans want to see them do next. Sungyeol joked, “Why do you ask us ‘Have you eaten?’ and say ‘You’re handsome’? We know we’re good-looking, so you don’t have to!” Sungjong wanted to know if there are any mannerisms or habits that fans don’t like.
The members also talked about some newfound hobbies. Dongwoo has fallen in love with wheels, like motorcycles and cars, as well as golf, something he can do with his mother. Sungyeol said he’s currently into working out and mobile games, while Sungjong’s interests are in collecting accessories like earrings and rings.