On February 29, 2020, VIXX‘s Hongbin went live on Twitch in celebration of his channel’s one year anniversary — but ended up creating quite a controversy online.
According to the viewers, Hongbin drank three bottles of Korean soju and one bottle of wine within a four hour time frame, then got visibly intoxicated and went rogue. Reportedly, Hongbin “flipped off the viewers” and made multiple comments about other idol groups, including SHINee, EXO, Red Velvet, and INFINITE. While Hongbin’s “drunk commentary” is open to interpretation, some of the mentioned artists’ fanbases did become offended by his “rudeness”.
— h (@_petithys) February 29, 2020
Who mixes this kind of idol music with band music? It sucks.
— Drunk Hongbin
— fxyxyxt (@xxuxxuxxue) February 29, 2020
Wow… Personally, I would have beaten the choreographer for that routine. What is that… That’s a cool song. Why would anyone choreograph that kind of dance to such a cool part?
When this chaotic livestream came to an end, K-Pop fans grew confused and disappointed at Hongbin for his behavior on camera. Shortly after, VIXX’s Leo tweeted what is believed to be in response to the problematic broadcast. In the tweet, Leo apologizes to the fans and asks them not to worry.
마음 편히 좋은 꿈들 꿔줘요 내 뮤즈들 미안해요~
— VIXX_LEO (@JUNGTW_LEO) February 29, 2020
Don’t worry and have a good dream. I’m sorry, my muses.
Unfortunately, two hours later — around 5AM KST, Hongbin returned to his Twitch channel. According to viewers, Hongbin was seemingly less drunk at this point and trying to explain himself.
I was not trying to talk smack on other groups. I’m sorry to the groups and to their fans.
This round of streaming went on for another hour, before someone allegedly rang Hongbin’s doorbell around 6AM KST. No one knows exactly what happened after the bell rang, as Hongbin muted the broadcast and left the room to go answer the door.
아까 홍빈 막 말하다가 초인종 울렸을 때… 진짜 매니저 쫓아온 줄 알고 나 숨죽였잖니… 초인종 개다급함… 공포영화였음 이때 진짜 pic.twitter.com/ac2iMQmIvi
— 동자 (@KDH_4RH) March 1, 2020
According to viewers, about five minutes passed before Hongbin came back to his computer and picked up the livestream again. Then, when a comment asked him if he knew about Leo apologizing, Hongbin stated, “Yes.” Though Hongbin does not specifically say Leo’s name, fans believe from the context that Hongbin is talking about Leo in his response that followed:
대신 사과한거 아냐고요 ?
네 그분이 와서 탈퇴하라고 하고 갔어요. pic.twitter.com/cHfcG8Vt9x
— 햇쌀알🔪🔪 (@ur_sunrise_is) February 29, 2020
It is my fault, even that. When a work is in the making… Do I know about the apology that was made on behalf of me? Yes. He came by to tell me to quit the group and left. Just now, he was here to tell me that and he left.
Hongbin wrapped up this second livestream reportedly stating that he “will leave the team if that is what the teammates want.” Shortly after that, he posted a message that reads:
[I’m Sorry] Everything that got posted on this day, I will review one by one. I will learn from them so I can keep doing livestreams without hurting other people. When I’m done reading them, I will delete them. I apologize.
VIXX fans remain utterly confused and shocked at the series of events that took place over night. VIXX’s agency, Jellyfish Entertainment, is yet to respond to Hongbin’s livestream, his claim that he has been asked to quit the group, and the growing concerns from the fans.