YNB Entertainment released an official statement on KNK‘s fan site that member Youjin has been diagnosed with panic disorder and will not be able to promote with the rest of the group.
The agency confirmed KNK will continue as a four-member group, while Youjin receives treatment.
The agency stated, “We will work together to make sure Youjin recovers quickly and fully. We apologize to Tinkerbell (fan club) members whom have been waiting for KNK’s album news. Please continue to support and love the group.”
At the news of Youjin’s diagnosis, KNK fans are showing appreciation for the agency’s decision to put Youjin’s health first, and support for the remaining members who will continue to promote the group.
Youjin, we'll support you no matter what. We'll wait for you, please get better soon. Remember, health is always more important than anything else. Love you.#KNK
— *KoreanPanda* (@Yang__Lou) April 20, 2018
— RMV🌙 (@V_army14) April 20, 2018
#유진짱짱 It breaks my heart to hear about this. However, we have proved as Tinkerbells that we can wait as long as needed for our boys. I hope the best for Youjin’s recovery and the well being of the other boys. Youjji Mochi HWAITING! KNK HWAITING! #knk #staystrongyoujin pic.twitter.com/EIXFST5NDo
— Mari (@LoonaLuxury) April 20, 2018
Panic disorder has become increasingly common among Korean celebrities, and while treatable, it can be difficult as anxiety symptoms can interfere with daily activities. Here’s hoping Youjin will have a speedy and full recovery, and will return to the stage soon!