Earlier today, Lizzy announced in a handwritten letter that she would be graduating from After School, who last had promotions in early 2015.
“As spring comes after winter goes, I’m writing to let you know about the beginning of the second act of my life. I did expect to graduate someday but although I’m in my ninth year as a member, it feels like my graduation came quickly. I was an everyday high school student before getting cast at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center in 2009. I came to Seoul and was as a trainee, becoming a member of After School under the name ‘Lizzy’ in March 2010. Since then, I’ve also been active with Orange Caramel and After School Blue. They were really joyful, happy days that I spent with many people as if it were my world. Even as I’m looking back, they were truly the beautiful moments of my life. I’d like to thank Pledis Entertainment and its CEO Han Sung Soo who brought me up as Lizzy and led me to the place where I am. I won’t forget what you did for me and will always remain grateful. To the members who shared both my sorrows and joys, thank you and I love you a lot. And I’ll never be able to forget the moments that I’ve shared with Play Girlz so far. I’m really thankful and I love you. As much as you’ve shown your endless love for me, I’ll also try to improve and become a better me. Once again, thank you very much and I love you.”
Glad Lizzy is officially free, and it should be interesting to see where she goes from here.
I admire the After School fans who still angrily yell at me every time I say After School is disbanded, but they haven’t promoted as a group in over three years and are now down to four members in Nana, Raina, E-Young, and Gaeun. I have no idea what E-Young is doing and Gaeun is rumored to be on ‘Produce 48‘, but Nana isn’t coming back from her acting career and Raina has already moved on to releasing boring-ass singles with guest rappers over and over.