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ZE:A’s Lee Hoo to Take Break From Group and "Recharge": Official Statement

October 22, 2014 at 11:00 am EDT

Caption: Lee Hoo has admitted to struggling with problems within the group, thought to be centered around money issues and grievances over other treatment of other members Credit: Star Empire

Caption: Lee Hoo has admitted to struggling with problems within the group, thought to be centered around money issues and grievances over other treatment of other members
Credit: Star Empire

After his public struggles in September, Lee Hoo of ZE:A has decided to take a break from the group, according to a new statement released by the band's agency.

A spokesman at Star Empire announced last night, October 21, "Lee Hoo will be ceasing all his activities for a while. He is not leaving ZE:A but will be taking some time out to recharge… His return date has not been decided."

Why the 25-year-old ZE:A frontman — also known as Junyoung — has decided to take a leave of absence is a mystery, but it is most likely related to the controversies between himself and the agency.

On September 21 the idol star went on an angry tweeting spree, singling out and vowing to bring down his agency head CEO Shin Joo Hak, only to retract his comments the very next day claiming a resolution had been agreed.

Star Empire has since released a statement that the band leader's grievances were related to his aggravations over the insufficient treatment for bandmate Tae Heon's martial arts injury, however the public still remain skeptical about the circumstances of his withdrawal.

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During his time off, Lee Hoo will also be ceasing all social media communications as he takes his time away from the group.

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