I’m confused. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very, very excited for Wonho. I love him, I think he got a bad deal, and I really want what’s best for him. That being said, this whole thing just confuses me.
When I originally saw the news I was excited. I’d hoped he’d be allowed back into the entertainment business. To be honest, I’d really pinned my hopes on him being allowed back in Monsta X where he belongs. A couple of weeks back, I remember this clearly as I was out getting bubble tea with Alix for our last official BL and Bubbles, we got the announcement that Wonho had been cleared of all charges.
What exactly those charges were that blew up in an instant always seems clouded in mystery and honestly? It’s a mystery I’d rather not unwrap. But it blew up and in an instant, he was kicked from the group, Starship entertainment and Monsta X carried on without him leaving all us fans going, “Wait, what?”
Then when it was announced he was cleared of charges, we thought maybe, possibly, he could be brought back. That Starship realized that after a year of Kpop ugh, maybe they jumped the gun a bit and would bring him back to join his other members. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
That’s okay though, so long as some entertainment company picked him up, right? That bridge was burned but others realized his worth. When you look closer at the deal, that’s when it starts to get even stranger. The company that signed him is called Highline Entertainment who announced We recently signed an exclusive contract with Wonho.” Where it gets weird is when you learn that Highline is actually a subsidiary of Starship.
So did they realize they shouldn’t have let him go and this is their compromise? He can’t be part of Monsta X anymore, but they are giving him back some sort of career? Is this like offering him a tiny little career shaped bone? I don’t get it. Did they think no one would notice the connection? Or do they not care? I wonder how the members of Monsta X feel about all of this?
Again, don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy for Wonho. I hope this works out for him. It will be interesting to see where he takes this. The plan is for him to be a solo artist and producer. I think it’s going to be hard for him to be a solo artist, Korean fans or anti fans being what they are, I can’t imagine they are going to let him go far, but the producer thing interests me. I know he wrote a lot of Monsta X’s music, especially as they got more popular. I’m guessing he could do the same, have a pretty solid career, for others.
In the scheme of things, I just want him to be happy and if this makes him so, if this gets him excited or gives him hope for the future, then I’m all for it. I just still remain confused.