'Fantasia X': Monsta X comeback delayed due to Shownu's back injury, fans trend #GetWellSoonShownu in support
Shownu's condition has improved, but keeping his health and the advice of his doctors in mind, the group's comeback schedule was pushed back from May 11 to May 26
Monsta X has faced yet another setback as member Shownu is revealed to be in recovery following a back injury.
In a statement released via the group's official Twitter, Starship Entertainment stated, "We are truly sorry to make a sudden announcement that there will be a delay in the release of MONSTA X's mini-album <FANTASIA X>."
The statement continued, "Recently, member SHOWNU experienced back pain while practicing the choreography for the upcoming comeback. He was immediately transferred to the hospital for a medical examination. Based on the result of the examination, SHOWNU was diagnosed to avoid any extreme exercise, excessive movement, and to get injection treatment along with physiotherapy for a quick recovery."
The statement also adds that Shownu's condition has improved, but keeping his health and the advice of his doctors in mind, the group's comeback schedule was pushed back from May 11 to May 26.
Monsta X has had a string of bad luck over the last year that significantly impacted the release of their 2020 English album, 'All About Luv' in addition to prior legal issues that resulted in the departure of member Wonho from the group. Despite the hurdles, the album did well, and the group was all set to make their comeback with 'Fantasia X', but once again, found themselves running into issues, with Shownu's unfortunate injury being the latest.
But Monsta X's fans, referred to as 'Monbebe', have stood by the group's side through thick and thin, and have taken to Twitter to assure the idol that his health matters to them more than anything else.
One fan shared, "Shownu please take care of yourself, we are here and we'll wait for you don't worry sweetie. Your health is more important than everything. I love you." Another fan asked of Starship Entertainment, "Please put shownu’s health first. i will wait as long as it takes. please let them comeback together and all healthy. please."
Many fans also took the time to appreciate Starship Entertainment's swift action in putting their artiste first and allowing him the time to recover, tweeting "Thank you for putting his health first. Rest well Shownu!"
Fans also made sure Shownu knew he did not need to apologize for the setback, stating "Shownu please don't feel bad about this. You've worked so hard already for this comeback. Take your time to rest. Monbebe won't be going anywhere. We'll be by your side & do our best to make this cb big for you guys. Please rest We love you."
"Take all the time you need to recovery, Shownu's health always comes first," stated another fan, adding, "I wish I could shield you from any pain but all I can wish for is for your healing & that you get better soon. I love, admire & think of you with care MonLove."
Monbebes are also trending #GetWellSoonShownu to assure the singer that he is loved and that they are patiently waiting for his return to full health.