Right at midnight of January 14, DSP Media has released an official statement of Nicole‘s departure from group Kara through its official homepage.
DSP Media wrote, “As of January 16, the contract between DSP Media and member Nicole, who has shared the joys and sorrows as part of Kara for the past seven years, will end. While her activities with Kara will end, we ask that you will cheer on Nicole with us, who is preparing for a new start.”
It continued, “Kara is preparing for individual acting activities and album promotions. We ask that you continue to give a lot of support and love to Kara who will be coming to you with a new image.”
Previously in October, it was announced by DSP that members Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon, and Goo Hara had re-signed with the agency in a two-year contract. Member Kang Ji Young‘s contract ends this coming April, and it remains to be seen what will happen.
As for Nicole, local news source My Daily is reporting that the soon-to-be former member of Kara is preparing for studies in the U.S. after her departure from the group. According to source inside the music industry, Nicole and her mother are preparing for Nicole to receive dance and vocal training lessons. As there is no official statement for Nicole, we will have to wait to see for sure what is in store for Nicole’s future.
While it is sad to see Nicole leave Kara, we wish the best for both!