Sexy Zone member So Matsushima has put his activities on hold to seek treatment for panic disorder.
The announcement was made on November 28 during the broadcast of NTV's program "Best Artist 2018". Arashi member Sho Sakurai introduced Sexy Zone for its performance. He noted that Matsushima was sick, and that the group would perform with only 4 members.
In a letter written by Matsushima, he explained that he began feeling unwell a year ago. His condition got worse over the past month. He visited a hospital where he was diagnosed with panic disorder.
Doctors characterized the condition as idiopathic, a term used for diseases that occur spontaneously or with an unknown cause.
No time frame was given for how long his recovery period will last.
This is the 2nd Johnny & Associates idol to go on hiatus due to panic order. King & Prince member Genki Iwahashi paused his activities at the end of October to treat his panic disorder.