AceShowbiz - %cF.T. Island%'s Minhwan (%cChoi Min Hwan%) and former %cLABOUM% member %cYulhee% are hit with pregnancy rumors after announcing that they're getting married. After Minhwan broke the news himself on Thursday, January 4, a media source reported that Yulhee is expecting her first child with her fiance.
Responding to the rumors, a source from LABOUM's agency Global H Media states, "The reason why we terminated our contract with Yulhee was because she no longer wished to be in the entertainment industry. When she left the group, she didn't mention any news of marriage or pregnancy. Her managers didn't know of her engagement either."
Meanwhile, FNC Entertainment, which represents Minhwan and his group, has not commented on the pregnancy reports. A source from the agency says that it will be checking with the star to see if the pregnancy rumors are true.
Minhwan took to his Instagram account on Thursday to announce his engagement to Yulhee. "I am writing this letter as there is news that I want to officially share with you first," so he began his post. "I've come to a decision to reveal my honest heart after a long time of thinking and worrying, wondering how you all will take this news. We had a lot of ups and downs, but after confirming my love with my girlfriend through our trust and reliance on each other, we plan on bearing the fruit of this relationship."
He continued, "After coming to such a huge life decision as marriage, I was thankful for the congratulations I received from so many people around me. I was able to feel how many thankful people I'm surrounded by, once again."
"When I told my band members, whom I've been like a family with all this time since our debut, they congratulated me genuinely, and our bond grew stronger as we were able to discuss a different future with one another," he added.
"I don't know how to repay you.. but I want to show my heart full of thanks to those of you who have become an existence I am thankful for in my life. I will never forget my thankfulness toward you, who have walked with me all this time for over 10 years," he promised to his fans. "I will repay you with great effort and with sincerity through music, where I stand right here, right now. Thank you so much."
안녕하세요, 최민환입니다. 프리 여러분들께.. 공식적으로 가장 먼저 말씀드리고 싶은 소식이 있어서 편지를 쓰게 되었습니다. 여러분들이 제 마음을 어떻게 받아들일지 많은 생각과 걱정을 했고 오랜 고민끝에 제 진심을 전해드리기로 마음먹게 됐습니다. 힘든일도 많았지만 서로를 믿고 의지하며 지내온 여자친구와 사랑에 대한 확신으로 그 결실을 맺으려고 합니다. 결혼이라는 저의 인생에 있어서 큰결정을 내리고 많은 분들의 축하속에서 고마움을 많이 느꼈습니다. 또한 제가 감사해야할 사람들이 얼마나 많은지 다시 한번 느끼게됐습니다. 데뷔전부터 지금까지 곁에서 늘 함께하고 있는 가족같은 멤버들에게 이소식을 이야기하였을때 모두 진심으로 축하해주었고 또 다른 미래를 이야기할수있는 새로운 사이가 되었습니다. 어떻게 보답을 해드려야할지 모르겠지만.. 무엇보다 제가 감사드릴수있는 존재가 되어주신 여러분들께 진심으로 고마운 마음을 전합니다. 10년이 넘는 활동내내 저와 함께 걸어가주시는 여러분들께 지금까지 그랬듯 항상 감사한 마음 잊지 않겠습니다. 저는 지금 이자리에서 다시 또 열심히 성실하게 음악으로 보답하겠습니다. 정말 감사합니다.
Minhwan's F.T. Island groupmates have congratulated him on the big news. %cLee Jae Jin% wrote on Instagram along with a photo of Minhwan, "Congratulations! Minhwan, you beat your hyungs to it and entered the path to happiness first. We will continue to celebrate your life and marriage. And to all our Primadonnas, please give Minhwan your blessings!"
%cSong Seung Hyun% also took to Instagram to share a selfie with Minhwan. He wrote in the caption, "Minhwan! I’ll always be on your side! I sincerely congratulate you on your marriage."
%cLee Hong Ki% uploaded a photo of Minhwan with %cChoi Jong Hun% and wrote, "Our maknae!! Choi Minari!! Is getting married!! Congratulations, it's so fascinating haha. Live a happy and healthy life, and let's also work hard on music, just like you said. Are you glad that you're getting married before your hyungs do? Look at Jong Hun's face [in the photo]...haha. Congrats again and be happy. I want to get married, too!"
He added a message to fans, "Many of you are probably taken aback by this and maybe even resentful. Minhwan was actually most worried about you guys. He said he will gift you with more music. We always want to be your best friends. Please congratulate him."
Choi Jong Hun, meanwhile, wrote, "Our maknae is a faithful and responsible person. He is young, but I trust that he will live a happy life. The members all gave him our blessings and support. Yulhee also seemed to be very nice and faithful. I hope this beautiful couple will be a happy family forever. Be happy. Congratulations, our forever maknae Minari."
Lee Hong Ki also took to his KBS Cool FM radio show "Lee Hong Ki's Kiss The Radio" to address comment which said that Minhwan and Yulhee are too young to get married. "Many people asked, 'Isn't it too soon [for them to get married]?' 'What is this?' But the two are very happy together. There's nothing that you need to worry about. Don't make a fuss over nothing," he said.
He added, "It's something that the two of them decided together, and they're very happy. Please cheer them on. Please congratulate them."