LABOUM's Yujeong Shares Letter With Fans Announcing Her Departure From The Group

LABOUM’s leader Yujeong has left the group and the group’s agency after the expiration of her contract.

On September 8, she shared a handwritten letter on her personal Instagram account.

Hello, this is LABOUM’s leader Yujeong.

I am writing because I have some news to share with everyone. For the fans who are cheering me on, I wanted to let them know directly rather than through a news article, so I’ve picked up my pen.

First, I can’t believe how much love our five-year-old song, “Journey to Atlantis,” has received. I want to say from the bottom of my heart that I’m really, really grateful. As it happened when it was almost time for my contract to expire, it felt like even more of a miracle.

Somehow August 28 has passed… In terms of years, we’re in our eighth year now, and our seven-year exclusive contract with our agency has expired. Since March, I’ve been having lots of discussions with the agency over several months, and I constantly shared my thoughts with them.

In the end, we decided that the agency and I would go our separate ways. Apart from me, the other members have renewed their contracts and will continue to promote as a team. For me, our seventh anniversary will be my last time promoting with the team. The album promotions that we had planned kept getting pushed back, so the last filming shoot that we did for the Ministry of Environment ended up being my last scheduled event.

Somehow, I’ve found myself standing at a huge crossroads in this life that I’ve lived for 30 years. It requires a lot of deep thought and careful decisions, so ever since we took a break due to COVID-19 last year, I’ve been thinking for over a year about many things and worrying and praying… It was difficult to come to this decision. 

From August 2014, when LABOUM came into being, to August 2021… I am really grateful to our members, Soyeon, ZN, Haein, and Solbin, for protecting our team for seven years from our respective positions until now. Although I was lacking, I shouldered the heavy responsibility of leading our team promotions as the group leader and as the oldest member, and worked hard without regrets for the past seven years. 

There were many lonely and tiring times, and there were times that I didn’t take care of myself and felt that I couldn’t pull through, but I never regretted the path that I have walked until now. I loved the time I spent on stage, and every moment I was singing, I was happy. Thanks to Latte [fan club name], who cheered us on without fail no matter what happened, I was able to take strength and get to where I am today.

Even if it was just a word in passing, I am grateful for the warm words, the comfort, and the support that I received from each and every person, including my acquaintances.

I will be closing the page on the life that I lived as LABOUM’s leader. With gratitude deep in my heart for the many experiences that I have had until now, I will live a new life with a more mature image and continue to take on new challenges. Please cheer on my future activities as Yujeong, and please cheer on the remaining LABOUM members’ activities. I also thank the agency, NH EMG (Global H Media), who supported our many album promotions and worked with us for the past seven years.

Everyone, I hope to meet you again with good news and in good health. Thank you.

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