[Update] Choa says she’s leaving AOA for mental health reasons, FNCE says not finalized

After a lot of speculation about Choa leaving AOA based on her absences from group activities, much of it stemming from rumors of her dating, FNC Entertainment and Choa maintained that it was just a break and that she would be back eventually.

I was … skeptical even as people insisted it was normal, and as it turns out this time the concern was warranted as Choa announced on Instagram recently that she’s leaving AOA.

. 안녕하세요 초아입니다 저의 갑작스런 활동중단에 많은분들이 관심 가져주시고 걱정해주셔서 정말 감사했고 죄송했습니다 조금 늦었지만 제가 쉴수밖에 없었던 이유와 고민해서 내린 결정에 대해서 말씀드리고 싶어요. AOA라는 팀으로 데뷔하자마자 많은 사랑을받았던것이 아니기때문에 그만큼 사랑 받는다는것을 소중하게 느끼고 항상 감사하고 있었습니다. 팀에서 맏언니 였지만 아직 한참 어린 저는 활동을 해오면서 울고싶을때가 많았습니다. 하지만 저를 찾아주시는 이유는 밝은 저의 모습이라는것을 잘알고있었어요 마음은 울고있었지만 밝게만 보여야 하는 일이 반복되었고 스스로를 채찍질 할수록 점점 병들고있는 스스로를 발견 했었습니다. 불면증과 우울증을 치료하고자 약도 먹어보고 2년전부터 스케줄을 점점 줄여왔지만 피곤에서 오는 문제가 아니였기에 결국 모든활동을 중단하게 되었습니다 기다려주시는 분들을 떠올리며 복귀할수있도록 노력했지만 마냥 쉬고있는 상태로 부정적인 관심들이 지속되면 팀원들에게 더 많은 피해가 가게 될수 있다고 생각이들었습니다. 소속사와 협의 하에 저는 오늘 부로 aoa라는 팀에서 탈퇴하여 함께했던 멤버들의 활동을 응원하고자합니다. 연예인을 준비하고 활동했던 8년동안 많은것들을 배울수 있었다고 생각하고 힘들다고 생각하는 지금 이순간 조차 저를 성장시키는 과정이라고 생각이듭니다. 저는 올해 28살로 앞으로 혼란스러운 스스로를 차근차근 돌아보고 지난 8년간의 방송활동 이외에 남은 20대는 제 나이만큼의 넓은 경험들로 채워보고싶어요. 지금은 예정되어있던 개인활동 외에 활동은 생각하지 않고있는 상태로 언젠가 더이상 두렵지않고 지금보다 더 나아진 제 모습을 보여드릴 수 있을 때 그때에도 저를 응원해주시나면 분들이 계신다면 다시 돌아오고싶습니다. 많이 부족한사람인지라 그 와중에서도 끝까지 응원해주시고 걱정해주신많은 분들께 진심으로 애정어린 감사를 드립니다. 오랜시간 함께해온 멤버들 그리고 사랑받을수 있도록 부족한 점을 매꿔 주셨던 많은분들 , 그동안 저를 포함한 AOA를 사랑해주신 많은분들께 진심으로 감사드립니다.

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Hello, this is Choa. I’m so grateful and apologetic for all the concern from everyone over my sudden hiatus from activities. It’s a little late but I would like to tell you a little about the reason why I had to take a break and the decision I came to after a lot of thinking.

When I first debuted as part of a team called AOA we didn’t receive a lot of love from the start so the love that I came to receive is that much more precious and I am always thankful. I was the oldest in the team but I was still immature. During my time being active I often wanted to cry. But I always knew the reason why fans sought me out is for my bright demeanor. I was crying on the inside but kept repeating the pattern of appearing bright. And as I kept punishing myself to work harder I found myself getting gradually sicker.

I tried to cure my insomnia and depression with medicine, and two years ago I started easing up on my schedule. But because the problem wasn’t stemming from simple tiredness, I ended up taking a break from all activities.

I tried my best to recover enough to come back thinking of all the people waiting for me. But I realized that as I rest the negative attention it brings might begin to take a negative toll on my teammates. After an agreement with the company I plan to leave AOA from today forward, and I will cheer on my teammates from now on.

During the eight years that I spent preparing and working as a celebrity I learned a lot and even the difficulty that I am experiencing now is something I believe is a process for me to grow and learn. I am 28 this year and I plan to spend time carefully looking back on myself and I wish to spend the remainder of my 20s experiencing new things, different from the eight years I spent in the spotlight.

Currently I am in a state of not thinking of any outside activities other than the solo activities I have committed to. One day, when I am no longer afraid and have improved myself, if there are still those who are cheering me on, I would like to return.

I am still very lacking as a person so I give my heartfelt thanks to those who still cheered me on right to the end and worried about me. To the members I have been with for so long and the people who taught me how to improve myself so that I could be loved and to those who loved AOA with me as part of it, I thank you with all my heart.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Fuck.

Choa was a great idol, honestly. Talented, hot, and fun, and I hope she gets better.

Fat Choa, you will be missed.

Basically the only upside is that she says she’d like to come back.

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Update

FNCE says Choa leaving AOA is not a finalized issue.

Choa, a member of girl group AOA, has revealed her exit from the team but her management company FNC Entertainment made a statement saying, ‘It’s not a finalized issue.’ On the afternoon of the 22nd, FNC Entertainment said to MyDaily, ‘We’re still in a situation where discussions are going back and forth about exiting the team and it’s not decided for certain. Future plans will be determined after some talks.’

Ugh.

Basically they’re saying she didn’t go through the proper channels and that’s it.

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Thanks to CaratClara for the translation help.

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