LOONA’s Olivia Hye Steps Down From “GIRL’S RE:VERSE” For Health Reasons
Virtual idol survival show “GIRL’S RE:VERSE” has announced Olivia Hye’s departure for health reasons.
All 30 “GIRL’S RE:VERSE” contestants are real-life K-pop girl group members who are hiding their names, faces, and real-world identities to compete as new virtual characters under various nicknames. The contestants’ real identities are not revealed until they are eliminated, but Olivia Hye had been speculated to be the contestant “Chonky Cat” which has now been confirmed.
Earlier on January 20, “GIRL’S RE:VERSE” announced via social media, “For health reasons, Chonky Cat will regretfully halt her journey on W and return to her hometown on the Cat Star. We thank Chonky Cat, who has done her best up until now, and we ask for lots of support for Chonky Cat’s future.”
안녕하세요. 소녀 리버스입니다. 뚱냥이는 건강상의 이유로, 아쉽지만 W에서의 도전을 중단하고 고양이별 고향으로 돌아가게 되었습니다. 지금까지 최선을 다해 준 뚱냥이에게 감사의 인사를 전하며, 뚱냥이의 앞날에 많은 응원을 부탁드립니다. pic.twitter.com/lZ2RBtMYsM
— 소녀 리버스 (RE:VERSE) (@girlsreverse) January 20, 2023
LOONA’s Olivia Hye is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with the group’s agency BlockBerryCreative, with nine members of LOONA (HeeJin, HaSeul, YeoJin, Kim Lip, JinSoul, Choerry, Yves, Go Won, and Olivia Hye), excluding Chuu (who was removed from the group in November), HyunJin, and Vivi, filing injunctions to suspend their contracts last November.
The agency initially denied these claims, but it was reported earlier this month that among these nine injunctions, four members had won their lawsuits, while five had lost. Olivia Hye is one of the five members whose contracts underwent previous provisions and have thus not yet been deemed suitable for suspension. While BlockBerryCreative shared that they would release a statement regarding these reports at a later date, they have yet to do so.
Get well soon!