Breaking: Jimin Leaves AOA
FNC Entertainment has announced that Jimin will be leaving AOA.
On July 4, the agency released the following statement:
This is FNC Entertainment.
First, we would like to apologize for causing concern to many people through the events related to Jimin that have been unfolding recently.
From this moment forth, Jimin has decided to leave AOA and halt all of her activities in the entertainment industry.
Additionally, our agency accepts responsibility for this entire situation, and we will put our full focus on managing our artists [in the future]. Once again, we apologize for causing concern through these unfortunate matters.
On July 3, former AOA member Mina took to Instagram to share multiple posts alleging that Jimin had bullied her for years during her time in the group. Mina later revealed that Jimin had visited her in person to talk things out and apologize following her posts, but even though she wrote that she had decided to accept Jimin’s apology, she added that she was unsure of whether it had been sincere.
In addition to apologizing to Mina in person, Jimin went on to share a public apology on Instagram on July 4, to which Mina responded with a now-deleted post.