LABOUM’s leader Yujeong posted a long message on Instagram to announce that she would be leaving the group. On September 8 KST, Yujeong posted a two-page handwritten letter online to let fans know she would be stepping down as leader of the group.
Below is the full message.
Hello this is LABOUM’s leader Yujeong. I am writing this because I have news to share with many people. To the fans who support us, I picked up a pen because I wanted to tell you first in my own writing, and not through an article.
First of all, I couldn’t believe that you loved our song, ‘Fresh Adventure’ so much, even though it came out five years ago, and I want to say thank you so much. As out contract was about to expire, it was even more like a dream-like miracle for us.
August 28 passed and we are now in our eighth year, and our seven year exclusive contract with the agency has expired. I have been continuing to convey my thoughts to the company since March.
In the end, the company and I have decided to go our separate ways. The rest of the members, except for me, decided to continue team activities and have renewed their contracts. But for me, my team activities will end after our seventh anniversary.
As the planned album promotions continued to be delayed, the filming schedule with the Ministry of Environment before the expiration of the contract period will be my last schedule with the group.
Now that I am at the crossroads of a passage in my 30-year old l life, I have to think deeply and make a serious choice. I have been thinking and praying for more than a year since I took a break last year due to COVID-19.
From August 2014 to August 2021, I was a part of LABOUM. I am really grateful to our members who have protected the team for seven years in their respective positions up to this moment.
Although I still lacked, I have been working diligently for the past seven years with a rather heavy responsibility of leading the team activities as the oldest member and leader of the team. There were many lonely and difficult moments, and even times where I couldn’t take care of myself because it was too difficult to endure, but I not once regretted this path that I have taken. I enjoyed the time I had on stage and I was happy the moment I sang.
Thank you to the fans who always supported us no matter happened and were able to give us the strength to get to where we are today. All this time, even if it was just in passing, I am so grateful to each and everyone of you, including my acquaintances, who encouraged and supported me with kind words.
My life as LABOUM’s leader has now come to and end, and I will continue to move forward with a more mature image, a new life, and new challenges, while cherishing the many experiences I’ve had with gratitude.
I would be grateful if you could support me in my future activities. Also, please support the activities of the remaining LABOUM members as well. I would also like to express my gratitude to NH EMG (Global H Media), who have supported our album activities the past seven years.
Until next time, I hope to see you again soon with good news. Thank you.