‘I-LAND’ contestant Hanbin leaves Belift Lab for Yuehua Entertainment

“We are very happy to welcome Hanbin as a new member of our family,” Yuehua Entertainment wrote

Former I-LAND contestant Hanbin has left his agency Belift Lab, the home to rookie boyband ENHYPEN.

The label announced the Vietnamese singer’s departure in a statement to South Korean media. It said that Hanbin made the decision after “careful deliberation”, and noted that the company had been “discussing with [the singer about] his dreams and goals for a considerable amount of time”.

“We will always cherish the time we were able to share with Hanbin and will continue to cheer him on for his next journey,” it added, per Soompi. “We ask that you please keep showing him your interest and love.”

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Soon after news broke, Yuehua Entertainment, home to acts like EVERGLOW and UNIQ, announced that Hanbin had signed an “exclusive contract” with the company. “We are very happy to welcome Hanbin, who has lots of potential, as a new member of our family. We will provide unsparing support so that Hanbin can grow into a good artist,” it said.

The singer later addressed his change of companies on Twitter, saying that he made the decision after “contemplating on which choice would be best to achieve my dreams”, as translated by Reddit user Randomneeess. “I sincerely thank everyone at Belift Lab whom I’ve been with during this time, and please support me on my new beginning at Yuehua.”

The singer had signed with the Belfit Lab in 2020, following his appearance on the Mnet reality TV competition I-LAND. Hanbin had placed 10th on the series, narrowly missing out a top seven ranking, all of whom went on to debut in ENHYPEN.

In other K-pop news, ENHYPEN previously told NME in an exclusive interview that they are “determined to become the destination for K-pop fans around the world”, despite their recent debut. Elsewhere in the interview, the monster rookies also shared their thoughts on their new mini-album ‘Border : Carnival’ and their journey so far.

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