MONSTA X’s Kihyun regretfully announced to fans recently that he had fractured his rib, while MONSTA X is currently underway in the United States with their We Are Here World Tour.
Although he had sustained a serious injury, Kihyun revealed that he didn’t want to miss the concert, even though he was in a lot of pain.
In a letter to fans, he revealed his inner thoughts.
Since my debut, I haven’t missed a single show, and I was just going to continue with tonight’s show as well but because if I’m not careful I might not be able to see my Monbebe for longer, I have to perform sitting down tonight.
Fans at the Los Angeles concert were incredibly understanding of Kihyun, with some urging him to take the time to rest and heal.
Yet, Kihyun was still determined to make the concert, to perform in front of fans. As he had promised, he still performed while sitting down, impressing fans with his emotive singing.
Kihyun has a rib fracture & he gotta sit on a chair, stay still but no he happily sings, gathering confettis to make a HEART shape & carry it on his CHEST to show his monbebeㅠㅠ
— Sahael 🐋⋈ (@SahaelMxMbb) August 11, 2019
Even when in pain, he still was able to belt out high notes and capture the true energy of the concert.
Kihyun is the true singer who has rib fracture and still perform despite his injury. Kihyun is the best vocalist that's the point. Kihyun is the best vocalist @OfficialMonstaX #몬스타엑스 #MONSTA_X #KIHYUN #기현 #MonstaXinLA pic.twitter.com/fFEwvy9yrp
— 🐳Nonie🐳 (@mymatus) August 11, 2019
Throughout the concert, he even performed some of the choreography, while singing, which raised concern among fans who were worried about his injury.
this is Yoo Kihyun from Monsta X. In this famcam, this man right here is dancing AND singing with a fractured rib. Despite been in pain, Kihyun continued with the show because of his love for monbebes.
who’s doing it like him? @OfficialMonstaX pic.twitter.com/S2DoBKCRRS
— kiki ✨🖤 (@kikisbunnies) August 11, 2019
Yet these fears were gradually overtaken by pride, when fans realised that Kihyun was performing only because he wanted to, and because he didn’t want to let himself down.
How much pain he was in but still continued to perform for us Monbebe💔 we don’t deserve Kihyun😭
— Nunu ♥ ferrero rocher (@fiction0010) August 11, 2019
In a speech to fans during the concert, Kihyun addressed the fears that fans had and reassured them about his determination.
I feel like you all were really shocked, so I am really sorry. I am sorry to the fans who waited for one year for this concert, sorry to the members.
And to keep the promise with the fans and members, I have taken a very strong painkiller before the concert although I don’t know whether this will get better or worse.
this man right here really love us with his entire heart … now rest well bb ily pic.twitter.com/pbskhRPXCg
— liqi 🐹🐶💖 ily ki gws (@ilyookh) August 11, 2019
Kihyun acknowledged that by performing with a fractured rib, he had raised a lot of concern from not only the fans, but also the other members and the staff. Yet he reiterated that this was because of his passion.
I know you guys will nag at me … but I know I will regret til I die if I just eat medicine and not perform and stay at the hotel because this has been my dream stage since 2015.
through all the pain he’s in, he still managed to smile like that. when i tell you i love that man pic.twitter.com/CceZWQoVFN
— kihyun’s doormat misses mx (@COOKlHYUN) August 11, 2019
When MONSTA X first debuted in 2015, they had the chance to perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as part of KCON LA 2015.
The promise that they made was that they would some day return to this stadium for a solo concert, a promise that Kihyun wanted to honour.
20150801 – MONSTA X Kcon LA at Staples Center rookies wishing one day they can perform their solo concert there
20190810 – MONSTA X 3rd World Tour at Staples Center achieved their dream & delivering their very best at any condition and will walk on more successful path. pic.twitter.com/AJ9b07xrAo
— 채미니미니。 (@hyungwonope) August 11, 2019
Regardless of his sustained injury, Kihyun voiced that he had no regrets.
Thank you for giving me memories that I will never forget today … I don’t know how to express this with words, but I really love you. Thank you.
You're so strong and you're amazing for still stepping on stage and performing like that.
Now please rest well enough and take care of yourself to get better. We are always by your side and we love you.#GetWellSoonKihyun #KIHYUN #기현 @OfficialMonstaX pic.twitter.com/dBO2ior6Wj
— ʚ kihyun ɞ (@khlovebot) August 11, 2019
While fans are concerned with Kihyun’s wellbeing, those at the concert were beaming with pride and expressed their gratitude for how passionate and determined Kihyun was.
Kihyun trended to #1 on Twitter in the United States, with many fans being moved by his actions.
everyone who sees this tweet is obliged to retweet and reply with #GetWellSoonKihyun and your favourite picture of kihyun 😔💖 let’s send him all the love we can @OfficialMonstaX pic.twitter.com/ND3BDIv9h3
— jay ⋈ #GetWellSoonKihyun (@yookihyu) August 11, 2019
Kihyun is so stubborn. This man will literally risk it all for monbebe, for the stage and for performing. His professionalism and the passion the he pours out at every single performance will never fail to surprise me. We love you, Ki! Get well soon ♡ @OfficialMonstaX
— 기현왕자님 PRINCEKIHYUN (@princeyooki) August 11, 2019
MONBEBEs showered Kihyun with love and support on social media, and the hashtag #GetWellSoonKihyun trended as well.
thank you kihyun for keeping your promise. thank you for still giving your best despite the excruciating pain you feel. you did really well, now please give your body the rest it needs. let’s meet again in your best condition 💕 #GetWellSoonKihyun #ThankYouKihyun @OfficialMonstaX pic.twitter.com/LBwGAeyc8r
— 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙖 • #GetWellSoonKihyun (@hnjng) August 11, 2019
You're so selfless and a true professional, we appreciate your will to perform but we acknowledge how risky and painful it can be.
Please don't overwork yourself and take all the time you need to /fully/ recover, monbebe will wait for you ❤ @OfficialMonstaX#GetWellSoonKihyun
— gain monsta x mutuals (@mbbmutuals) August 11, 2019
While fans understand Kihyun knows how concerned they are, many are hopeful that he will be able to see the outpouring of sweet messages.