SEOUL, June 30 (Yonhap) — K-pop girl group AOA’s lead singer Choa will leave the band for good, her agency confirmed Friday.
“We decided on the departure respecting Choa’s opinion,” FNC Entertainment said, adding that rest of the members will pursue personal publicities for the time being.
The 27-year-old of the popular idol act wrote on her Instagram last week that she was leaving her team, citing long term insomnia and depression as the reasons. The company said then that nothing was confirmed.
“I’ve taken medication and have reduced my schedule for two years to treat my insomnia and depression. But I came to cease all activities, as the problem wasn’t due to fatigue,” the singer wrote on her Instagram on June 22.
Rumors of Choa possibly bolting from AOA have surfaced over the Internet as of late amid the singer’s absence from group publicity events. Last month she posted on her Instagram that she was “just taking a pre-arranged break.”
The singer has also been dogged by a dating rumor involving a Seoul-based businessman in his 30s. She has denied a news report that she was leaving AOA to get married.