Learn About Former MONSTA X Wonho Drug Scandal


Here Are the Details You Need to Know About Wonho Scandals

Do you know about the South Korean boy group MONSTA X? They officially debuted on February 26th, 2015, with 7 original members including Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney, Wonho, and I.M. In 2019, MONSTA X’s Wonho was involved in a big scandal and he had to leave the group. Why did that happen?

For your information, Wonho’s scandals involved several issues, such as:

  1. Marijuana Scandal with Jung Da-eun
  2. Pre-debut Scandal: Smoking and Drinking
  3. Past Debt That Hadn’t Been Payed

In this article, there’s a piece of detailed information about Wonho’s scandal and its aftermath. For you who are curious about it and want to find out more about what’s happening to Wonho that caused a big controversy, make sure you don’t skip any details in this article below!

Wonho Marijuana Scandal with Jung Da-eun


MONSTA X’s Wonho announced he was leaving the boy group that had made his name popular on October 31st, 2019. Dispatch revealed a surprising thing about Jung Da-eun and Wonho who had smoked marijuana together in 2013 on January 11th, 2020.

According to Jung Da-eun, his former roommate and Wonho offered him illegal marijuana in 2013 and the two friends smoked drugs together. Jung Da-eun and Wonho once lived together as friends in 2012.

Jung Da-eun revealed that it happened in October 2013. She and Wonho met at a café where Wonho took a package from his pocket and offered it to Jung Da-eun. They then went to Jung Da-eun’s house and smoked a substance that the transgender girl claimed was marijuana.

Wonho Pre-debut Scandal Smoking and Drinking

Even as a rookie, Wonho was already involved in a scandal during his pre-debut era. Netters managed to find a pre-debut photo when Wonho was still named Shin Ho-seok and attended the “Ulzzang Shidae” program.

This picture caused a stir because it showed Wonho at a nightclub, drinking and smoking. In fact, at that time, Wonho was still not old enough. The circulation of these photos immediately triggered scathing criticism from netters.

Wonho Past Debt That Hasn’t Been Repaid

On October 29th, 2019, Jung Da-eun posted a photo of Wonho on TV and wrote, “Ho-seok (Wonho’s real name), when are you going to pay your debt?”

Jung Da-eun posted a photo of her watching Wonho on TV and Han Seo-hee commented on his post. “Give Da-eun 30 million won,” wrote the girl who is also known as an informant for the B.I drug case, a former iKON member.

He also revealed a text with his lawyer regarding Wonho’s debt from the past that hasn’t been repaid yet.

In response, Starship Entertainment as the agency released an official statement on October 30th, 2019, saying that these rumors are not true and they are considering the possibility of taking legal action.

Wonho Debut as a Solo Artist After Going Through a Scandal

Wonho was preparing his solo album titled Part. 1 Love Synonym on September 4th, 2020. His solo debut was also confirmed by Highline Entertainment as the agency that manages Wonho with his further solo activities.

Through “Losing You”, Wonho expressed his gratitude to the many fans around the world who stood by his side during difficult times. This is Wonho’s first promotional activity after leaving MONSTA X.

After his debut in 2020, Wonho continued to make comebacks and released some top hits with MVs, such as:

2020: Open Mind


  • Lose
  • Blue


  • Eye On You
  • Crazy
  • Don’t Hesitate

Wonho Is Cleared of Drug Charges and Confirmed by Starship Entertainment

On March 14th, 2020, Starship Entertainment released an official statement announcing that the investigation had been completed and Wonho had been acquitted of all charges related to the case. The following is the agency’s full statement:

After being cleared of all drug charges, Wonho had an exclusive interview with Dispatch in February 2020, to discuss everything that had happened to him. He revealed many things in detail and apologized for the mistakes he made in the past.

Here’s Wonho’s clarification for every scandal that involved him in the past:

MONSTA X Wonho Clarification

Wonho then talked about being announced to leave Monsta X in October 2019 and said:

According to Wonho, his life consists of working, exercising, and connecting with fans. Even on an overseas tour, he will hold a live broadcast with fans that will last three to four hours.

He said, “It was the first time I felt such warm emotions. So I didn’t want to disappoint them. I just wanted to do things that our fans like. I want to return their love. But…”

“There are many things I promised them. That I will always be by their side. Sorry I have to leave like this. I only live with them in my mind. In the past, I lived as Lee Ho-seok and in the present, I live as Wonho.”

“Is Wonho really irresponsible for what Lee Ho-seok has done? I have to take that responsibility. I hurt people with my past. I want to minimize the pain.” Wonho explained that he felt like leaving the group was the least painful option for fans.

Wonho explained that he would not leave his house for a while in case he caused further damage. He said, “I still can’t forget our fans. I’m full of regrets. Just feel like I should have done better for them. I just wanted to say that I’m sorry, that’s why I did this interview.”

In the end, the scandals and controversies in the past were legally resolved and Wonho still got the chance to shine as a solo artist again. Let’s forget about the past and move on to a brighter path!

Let’s continue to give love and support to Wonho with every activity now and his career as a solo artist, hopefully, he will become a better person with a successful career in the future!

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