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Areum’s departure raises questions


Netizens raised questions yesterday about an announcement on Wednesday that Areum of the girl group T-ara will no longer be a part of the group after being a member for about a year.

After reading a post that Areum put on her social network service about two weeks ago, fans wonder whether she is stepping down from the team due to any sort of trouble with other members as well as whether the drop-out has been long planned.

“I seriously have nothing more to lose,” she said on her Instagram.

“I’m not even scared of dying either.”

Along with the post, she uploaded a photo of herself wearing a hat that covers one of her eyes.

Such doubts came after former member Hwayoung left the group in August 2012. Rumors at the time said that Hwayoung had been estranged within the group.

However, the group’s agency previously said that Areum wanted to pursue her own music career and that’s why she’s going solo.

“Don’t forget Areum of T-ara, and thank you for the love you have shown me,” said Areum.

“[You] will be able to see a much better and cooler version of Areum, but never forget the performance and the songs I gave as a part of T-ara.”

The group will not have any new members, according to the agency. However, T-ara’s subunit group, T-ara N4, will have a new member named Dani.

By Lee Sun-min

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