Following months of speculation and strange signs on social media ChoA has left AOA.
The 27-year-old girl group member, who debuted in 2012 with the then-eight member troupe, caused fans to speculate about her status in the girl group after an enduring absence from promotions and, at one point, the deletion of all her Instagram posts.
Last month, ChoA became the unwanted subject of dating gossip after being linked to the CEO of an electronics company, which her agency denied and she herself apologized for being unintentionally entangled in drama.
Now, ChoA opens up about the real reasons behind her absence: insomnia and depression.
“I tried taking medication and started decreasing my work two years ago. However, because the problem didn’t stem from being tired, I ended up stopping all of my activities,” she explained in a revealing Instagram post today (June 22) announcing her decision to leave the group.
“I tried hard to get back to work while thinking of those who were waiting for me, but I felt that if the negative attention of my hiatus continued, this would be even more detrimental to the team members.”
For now, it seems, she’s just trying to live as a normal twentysomething outside of the spotlight: “I am 28 years old this year, and going forward, I will be reflecting on my chaotic self. For the remainder of my 20s, I would like to fill them with different experiences that are befitting of my age.”
ChoA also says that, perhaps, she might even return to music one day.
“Someday, when I no longer feel scared and feel that I can show a better side of me, and if there are still people who cheer me on, I would like to return. I am a lacking person, but to those who keep cheering me on and worry for me, I would like to give my sincere thanks.”
Oddly, her agency — FNC Entertainment — is unwilling to confirm the news themselves.
“In terms of leaving the team, we are in the process of talking about it. It has not been decided. We will be deciding on the future steps after more discussion,” they told Mydaily News (translation via Soompi). (It’s an odd statement to make given that ChoA herself said she’s leaving, but perhaps there are some final promotions still left in her contract that need to be ironed out.)
One year ago, AOA member Youkyung left the group after her contract with FNC expired. They’re now down to six members.
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