It is sad to announce that Royal Pirates member James has announced his departure from the band. In a recent Instagram post, a heartfelt letter to fans addresses his ongoing health issues, also announcing a newly diagnosed health condition. On January 30 he addressed that a 6th surgery appointment brought him unfortunate news of a blood clot in his brain.
“I’ve tried to power through and be as positive as possible, but I am at the point where I need to do what is right for me… Ever since I was a kid the idea of finishing whatever I started has been branded into my brain. I’ve spent the last 2 years trying to pick up the pieces and salvage whatever I could.
But I recently found out that on top of a possible 6th surgery to restore whatever function I can in my hand, I also have a blood clot in my brain. So I’ve accepted that leaving now is not quitting, but redirecting my life, and I hope you can agree that this is what’s best.
I am so sorry for letting you down, but I hope you know I gave you guys everything I had, I never resented the blood, sweat & tears.. Only the missed opportunities and memories I envisioned when I first moved to Seoul.
Thank you for your support & love & loyalty & the memories & everything. I wish RP & you all all the success in the world. I will never forget you guys.”
It’s sad to see him leave, but we understand that his health is top priority. Everyone here at Officially KMUSIC wishes James the best, and we will continue to update fans on his condition. Please be sure to send James your love and support!
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Edited By: Sarah Smith