Nearly one decade after debuting as part of six-piece troupe U-KISS in 2008, member Kevin Woo (Woo Sung-hyun) is officially saying goodbye to the "Neverland" troupe.

Earlier in the week, U-KISS's agency confirmed the news in a statement to fans.

"We’re sorry to inform you of this regrettable news to you fans who are always supportive. Kevin will be going on a different path to pursue his dreams which we and the members have decided to respect. [Kevin] debuted through U-KISS in 2008 and has been faithful and reliable as a member for nine years from the beginning to now. Since this was a decision that should be made carefully, after a long time of thinking and discussions, we have decided to respect Kevin’s wishes. Thus Kevin will be leaving U-KISS and his contract will end," they said. (Translation via Soompi.)

Now, Kevin himself is speaking out about the decision in a handwritten note left on the group's fan cafe.

"Before I reached my final decision, I spent many nights unable to sleep just thinking about it. I spoke with my agency and with the other U-KISS members as well at length about the matter. I made the decision to leave the group that I love so much in order to start walking a new path, one step at a time. My heart aches because I could not stay with U-KISS until the very end and I know that I will forever miss the times that I had with U-KISS. Again, I would like to sincerely apologize to all of our fans and thank you all as well," he wrote.

Aside from his boy band duties, Kevin currently co-hosts the English-language South Korean internet talk show After School Club alongside Park Jimin and Jae.

Check out a full translation of Kevin's note to fans, courtesy of Soompi, below.

Hello, KISSme, this is Kevin.

I wanted to sincerely convey my thoughts to you all, which is why I decided to write this letter to you. First, I would like to sincerely apologize to all of the fans who were surprised by the unfortunate news.

I was able to make some of the greatest and most precious memories of my life through debuting in U-KISS in 2008 and I wouldn’t be where I am now without the overwhelming love and support of our fans. I am deeply apologetic to and thankful for the fans who supported me through everything and to my fellow U-KISS members as well. I will never forget the love that you all have given me.

Before I reached my final decision, I spent many nights unable to sleep just thinking about it. I spoke with my agency and with the other U-KISS members as well at length about the matter. I made the decision to leave the group that I love so much in order to start walking a new path, one step at a time. My heart aches because I could not stay with U-KISS until the very end and I know that I will forever miss the times that I had with U-KISS. Again, I would like to sincerely apologize to all of our fans and thank you all as well.

I will continue to work hard as part of U-KISS until the end of my contract and will always cheer for and support U-KISS. I hope that you all will forevermore continue to love the hardworking and amazing members of U-KISS.

In order to repay the generous support and love that I have received, I will work hard to show a matured side to my fans. I humbly ask that you continue to support me in the future. Thank you and I love you all.

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