Following rumours of her departure from AOA last month, Choa has seemingly confirmed that she's leaving via a new Instagram post.
In a new post shared a few hours ago, Choa wrote that she plans on leaving AOA due to various physical and mental health issues that have affected her over the past few years before thanking everyone for their support.
Here's a full translation of Choa's message:
“Hello, this is Choa.
I was very grateful and sorry that so many people took interest in my sudden hiatus. This is a bit late, but I want to tell you the reason why I had to rest and the decision that I came to after lots of deliberation.
Since AOA wasn’t a team that immediately received a lot of love when we debuted, I had always been grateful for the love we got and I think preciously of it.
Although I was the oldest on the team, I’m still very young and I wanted to cry a lot of times while working. However, I know that the reason you like me is because of my bright image. Although I was crying in my heart, I had to look happy. This happened repeatedly, and the more I forced myself, I found myself becoming sicker and sicker.
To treat my 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.
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.
After speaking with our company, I am leaving the team called AOA today, and I’m going to be cheering on my fellow members.
Over the past eight years while I prepared to become a celebrity and worked as one, I learned a lot of things. I think that even this difficult moment is a process for me to grow. 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.
As of now, I am not thinking about doing any work outside of my individual work that was already planned. 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. To the members who I have been with for so long, and to those who helped me overcome what I lack so that I can be loved, and to those who loved me and AOA, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.”
Following Choa's Instagram post, AOA's agency, FNC Entertainment, have released a new statement on the situation, saying that nothing has been confirmed yet and discussions are currently underway with the singer in regards to her future with the group.
In the hours since Choa's post and FNC's statement, various rumours started going around as to why the singer is leaving AOA, such as an alleged upcoming marriage/pregnancy.
With so much speculation going around, Choa has since shared a brand new Instagram post on the morning of June 23, confirming that she isn't leaving AOA due to an abortion, pregnancy, or for marriage and that dating is not the reason why she left.
The singer continues on by writing that the pictures of herself and and a man, Lee Seok Jin, that have surfaced are simply photos taken from a family holiday where he was a guide. Finally, Choa writes that she had asked her FNC CEO for permission to upload her initial statement about leaving AOA before apologising for all the unwanted attention it has brought to the group.
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