RIIZE’s Seunghan Returns To TikTok, Thanks To Anton

“RIIZE is 7.”

RIIZE‘s Seunghan has returned to TikTok?!

In November 2023, SM Entertainment announced that RIIZE‘s Seunghan would be going on an “indefinite hiatus” from activities. This announcement came after a series of cyber attacks against Seunghan, including leaked content from the artist’s private life, such as alleged smoking, dating, private Instagram live broadcasts, etc. Yet, SM Entertainment also confirmed posts had been maliciously edited and fabricated in order to “create and spread malicious rumors.

Hello, this is SM Entertainment. We would like to inform you regarding RIIZE’s Seunghan.

Seunghan is reflecting on the disappointment and confusion he has caused, in relation to his private matters that were recently leaked and distributed through online channels. He apologizes to not only the group and his group members but also the fans.

Seunghan has been feeling responsible for what has happened, as well as mental burden. After serious consideration, he has expressed his desire to halt all activities for the sake of the group.

We have also decided that it was unreasonable for him to continue his activities under these circumstances. And so Seunghan’s activities will be indefinitely suspended with respect to his opinion that he did not want to cause any more damage to the team and the members.

Starting today (November 22), RIIZE will be active as six members, excluding Seunghan.

We understand that this is a sudden change, but it was decided after careful discussion with the artist himself. Hence, we ask for your  kind understanding. We, too, feel a great sense of responsibility for the neglect on our part in terms of artist management, even if the issue at hand had occurred before debut. Once again, we sincerely apologize to the fans.

The photos and videos that are being leaked and distributed without permission are from private moments pre-debut, when Seunghan was a trainee. They were edited several times to intentionally cause misunderstandings.

In addition, the individual who leaked and distributed the videos and photos in question has committed serious defamation against the artist by spreading fabricated and false information that is different from the truth. They have used non-existent messenger conversations and other malicious methods to create and spread groundless information.

As soon as we became aware of this, we began gathering information and monitoring the situation to collect evidence and identify the source of the unauthorized leaks. We plan to file a report with the police this afternoon.

In addition, we are considering additional legal measures against the specific individuals for matters such as defamation of our artists through the unauthorized leak and dissemination of the the content and other illegal acts such as cyber-bullying and blackmailing.

We will not tolerate any secondary acts of harm, such as creating, spreading, and reproducing rumors related to our artists through additional posts. For the sake of the artists and the fans who love them, we will practice no leniency.

We will continue to do our best to protect our artists. Thank you.

— SM Entertainment

Fans have protested since Seunghan’s hiatus. Netizens also noticed a difference in his fellow members’ disposition without him. RIIZE is also well-known for their active social media activity, frequently posting videos on TikTok as well as interacting with their fans.

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Yet, every RIIZE video is now filled with comments saying, “RIIZE is 7.” It’s been months since Seunghan has appeared on RIIZE’s TikTok account due to the hiatus.

Until now.

Anton

Anton, who is RIIZE’s unofficial social media manager, believed to be the one responsible for most of the account’s activity, shared a new video. He duetted a scene from RIIZE’s “Siren” Performance video containing all seven members.

@riize_official

#duet with @ its a bop! 🪩 #RIIZE #라이즈 #ANTON #앤톤 #RISEandREALIZE #Siren

♬ riize is 7 – Han Daehyung🍏

Additionally, netizens noticed that the sound used was not the song’s official audio. Instead, it was a fan’s sound called “riize is 7.”

Anton’s video went viral with 929.6K views at the time of writing. Fans commented excitedly, believing that Anton is confirming that the group will always be seven members and Seunghan will return soon.

Likewise, recently, Seunghan appeared in some RIIZE videos that were broadcasted. Read more below.

Fans Are Hopeful For Seunghan’s Return After New RIIZE Videos

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