Super Junior is coming back with seven members in a latin-inspired mini album titled “One More Time”.
The five-track special album will include Ryeowook for the first time since he enlisted in the military in 2016.
Heechul is not participating in the comeback, and directly addressed his absence during a live update, telling fans it was due to his health and busy schedule.
“Even though it’s a pity, I couldn’t go to Macau and I might not be able to participate in the activities this time around and record songs. I’ve been thinking a lot about whether or not I should go to Macau, but because of the problems in my leg, it is still hard for me to focus on the activities. My personality is just like this…when I find anything that’s embarrassing or uncomfortable (not being able to show himself perfectly) then I should just not participate (in the activities). That’s why health is the most important… I’m also taking care of Kyuhyun, because we are both stuck with bad health.” — Heechul
SM Entertainment‘s label Label S&J has confirmed Super Junior’s comeback date for October 8 and released a “One More Time” teaser image, to the delight of fans!
Although Heechul couldn’t participate in the comeback, Super Junior didn’t leave Heechul out, tagging him in the “sky” as the self-labelled “Big Space Star”!
Fans think the gesture was extremely heartwarming and make the pain of Heechul’s absence just a little bit more bearable.
I will really miss Heechul on this comeback but it's so nice they still tagged him where he ought to be.😂 Now go and be healthy, our Space Big Star. #SuperJunior #OneMoreTimeSJ https://t.co/XMVlPqyYvC
— E! (@efangirlako) September 17, 2018
— cookie (@mariamazzam20) September 17, 2018
It's Super Junior comeback without Heechul 💔 pic.twitter.com/kVl98B5SiS
— MissKimHeenim (@HeenimMiss) September 17, 2018
This is so cute!! >< so he is a sky? Or what? But the important thing is our heehul always be there event not joining, he will always support & give his love to suju and ELF~god bless u hee! Waiting you always to be back & get well soon!! 😍 #Heechul #OneMoreTimeSJ @HeeZZinPang pic.twitter.com/goihXCIRbg
— 엘프🌙☀ (@siwonips) September 17, 2018
Fans are also noticing an empty space between Eunhyuk and Leeteuk where Heechul could have been.
they really left 1 space for Heechul 😭😭
if only heechul join this it would be more lit 😭💙 but its okay, health is more important,its okay fighting for your healt Heenim 🙆💙#SuperJunior #OneMoreTimeSJ #SJ #슈퍼주니어 #ELF pic.twitter.com/pRnoKXeMna
— #이teuk🐥윤jisung🐧유ta🐱찬yeol🐯 (@special_dila) September 17, 2018
— 🥀 chloé (@heechulyie) September 17, 2018
And some ELFs have even photoshopped Heechul into the teaser image!
— ♥︎ 슈주 👑 (@b0icelf) September 17, 2018
— CHO (@leedande) September 17, 2018
Fans worldwide are gearing up for the comeback and are seeming to be understanding of Heechul’s decision to look after his health.