Sou released a statement today on Johnny's Net that he will be taking a temporary break. You can read the announcement here in Japanese.
I've been watching Sexy Zone Channel lately, and Sou seemed so strong and confident in those early episodes. When I first read about the news on twitter, I thought it was fake. I hope Sou is able to get the rest and support he deserves.
Please let me know if I've made any mistakes in my translation.
[Original Japanese text]
Sexy Zone 松島 聡
I offer my deepest apologies for this sudden announcement.
The truth is, my physical health began deteriorating about a year ago, and because it became particularly worse a month ago, I went to see a doctor.
I ended up being diagnosed with sudden onset panic disorder.
Although it is the name of the illness, to be frank, I am extremely confused and shocked by my current situation.
And now, since medical treatment and rest are necessary, please forgive me for announcing that I will be temporarily taking a break from work activities.
While I receive your warm support, there are distressing choices to make, and I have decided that for now overcoming this illness is my priority.
To all of the fans, whom I love, to all staff members, and to the members who are like family to me, I am truly sorry from the very bottom of my heart.
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone for your support, and I hope you will continue to keep supporting Sexy Zone for a long time.
Sexy Zone Matsushima Sou