On March 14, Lee Hong Gi shared a photo of his pet dog with two hashtags, '#Monggeul (the dog's name)', and '#I give up'.
Shortly after the post was made, some fans asked about the meaning behind the second hashtag in light of Choi Jong Hoon's ongoing controversy.
One fan wrote in Japanese, "I beg you. Please don't give up on Choi Jong Hoon."
To this, Lee Hong Gi left a simple comment in Korean, "I give up."
Both members' names came up as possible participants of a chatroom that includes Jung Joon Young and SEUNGRI, where the participants shared sexual videos that were secretly filmed without consent.
Lee Hong Gi's name was cleared by the further reports, but it was later revealed that Choi Jong Hoon was one of the participants of the chatroom, talking about asking favors to police to cover up his drunk driving incident occurred in 2016.
▶ [SBS Star] Fans Call for Choi Jong Hoon's Departure from FTISLAND
(Credit= 'skullhong12' Instagram, FNC Entertainment)