Jiho is departing K-pop girl group Oh My Girl after seven years after having decided not to renew her contract with WM Entertainment.
WM Entertainment released a statement yesterday confirming the news. All six other members — Hyojung, Mimi, Arin, YooA, Seunghee and Yubin (formerly known as Binnie) — however, have renewed their contracts.
Jiho shared a personal, handwritten letter to the group’s fan cafe to address their fandom (known as Miracles). She begins by mentioning, “I will be supporting Oh My Girl’s promotions as a member of Miracle and not as a member of Oh My Girl.”
The singer goes on to share her gratitude towards the fandom.
“I really want to say thank you to Miracle for creating such miracle-like moments in my life. Thanks to you all, I was able to grow and be happy for the past seven years. I hope that happiness was also conveyed to Miracle.”
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The pop star also hinted at some future projects.
“Although I can’t yet share details about my future endeavors, I will promise you one thing. No matter what I do in the future, I will work hard and repay you with a good image. Let’s support [Oh My Girl] together in the future!”
Jiho is the second member of Oh My Girl to depart the group, following JinE, who left in 2017 following a year of halted activity because of health issues.
Oh My Girl debuted in 2015 with their self-titled mini-album and track “Cupid” before making it past the infamous seven-year curse faced by many other K-pop groups who break up. The group has released popular hits like “Dolphin,” “Nonstop,” “Secret Garden” and “Dun Dun Dance.” Their most recent release, their second studio-length album “Real Love,” dropped in March, just before the group celebrated its seventh anniversary since their debut on April 30.