In the latest chapter in what's been an unfortunate storyline in 2016, we have another member departing from a big-name K-pop group.
Just recently, it was reported that Sunhwa will be leaving SECRET following the expiration of her contract on October 13, and that she will be focusing on her acting career instead.
On September 26, TS Entertainment confirmed these reports by releasing an official statement on Sunhwa's departure and the intent for SECRET to continue on as a three-member group:
"Hello, this is TS Entertainment.
Sunhwa, who has been active as a member of SECRET and as an actress for the past 7 years, will be ending her promotions as SECRET on October 13th. She will be ending her contract with our label as well.
SECRET will continue as a 3 member group with Hyosung, Ji Eun, and Hana, who have renewed their contracts, and we are plannig to continue as usual by supporting their individual activities as well.
We thank you for the warm support you have showed SECRET, and we ask that you continue to support and show interest to SECRET and Sunhwa.
As for Sunhwa, following the news of her departure from SECRET, she posted up an emotional and sincere thank you message to her fans, her soon-to-be former members, and TS Entertainment on her Instagram:
Here's a translation of her message:
"To all my Secretime fans, who encouraged me and gave me energy, hello this is Han Sunhwa. I’m greeting everyone with a different, more careful heart than before. First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for the great love and interest that came with my seven years as a Secret member. I’m so happy and thankful that we were able to cry together and laugh together.
As I look back, I was able to accomplish amazing things with others, things I wouldn’t have been able to do alone, during a time when I didn’t know anything, but I received an unimaginable amount of love and interest for it. It was a difficult decision to make, and so I feel sorry and sad. I will treasure all those precious memories. And all the passion that I’ve poured out till now, from now on I will continued to pour them out for the coming days. While I may seem unqualified and immature in this new start, no matter where I go, I will become a person who works hard to silently repay the encouragement from everyone. I sincerely thank everyone who was with me up till now, including the TS family, the members, and all the fans.”
We'll miss Sunhwa in SECRET, and we wish her well in whatever she will be doing in the future!
Source: Yonhap News