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Some Thoughts on Hoya's Departure

wow it has certainly been a week to remember.


I've been fortunate enough to meet Hoya more and once and actually get a chance to talk with him one and one, and I dont think you need me to tell you this but he's an angel. (thats my red hair in the background behind hoya haha)

Performing and creating music and choreography, as well as just entertainment in general, is what this boy was born to do. When you meet him you feel this immediate calm come over you and there is no idol-fan barrier. He's completely humble and seems almost as nervous/excited to meet people as they are to meet him.

the pictures on this card are from their secret show in NYC where MTV gave me a staff badge and let me hang out backstage. Hoya was the only one who really came down and hung out with the people waiting there (like me, or the people from dramafever, or the people from mtv) and chatted with us. Sunggyu also lurked lol but he was clearly super shy - Hoya was like OKAY GUYS IM GOING TO GO SPEAK ENGLISH WITH THESE PEOPLE WATCH ME.
I met him again at Dongwoo's family's restaurant where, again, it felt like seeing an old friend. I also got to talk to him at Simply Kpop where he randomly asked me where I was from (and I think this is because he saw a very small group of foreigners and wanted them to feel included since the show was all in Korean, so he switched to English for a short second. Even though it was only for a moment I know we all really appreciated it!)

Below are two of my stories if you'd like to hear more:

Basically, I just want to stress that Hoya is such a kind and loving soul. I'm sure the boys will not hold any resentment towards him for leaving, and I hope none of the fans do either.

He's following his dream and fulfilling his promise to show us the best Hoya/Howon that he can!


Good luck in the future Hoya, and stay strong INSPIRITS!

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But I don't want to cry
My heart is broken I need to cry
That's so cool you were able to meet him.
I agree. I am sad that he is leaving Infinite, but I am also happy that he is doing what he loves. I would have been devastated if he had just left, but we will definitely see more of him, just not as part of Infinite.
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