DSP Media made official what everybody had assumed for a while now and declared that Gyuri, Seungyeon, and Hara would be leaving the company and thus KARA.
DSP Media stated in an official report on January 15, “[The three] who have been with DSP Media for 9 years and ‘shared the sweet and bitterness of life’ together with the agency, Gyuri, Seungyeon and Hara’s contracts terminated on January 15.” They added, “The three people who have been DSP’s artists until now, have decided to immerse themselves in activities in a different field, in order for personal growth. The agency will generously support and wish the best for their future.”
What the statement doesn’t say is whether KARA is officially done as a group.
About Youngji, the agency said, “She will show a better side of herself as this company’s artist. She will work hard and we will do our best to help Youngji in her growth. Lastly, we sincerely thank the many fans who have given generous love and support towards Gyuri, Seungyeon and Hara for the past 9 years, and we ask for lots of support towards the members in the future as well.”
So The Artist Formerly Known As Youngji could possibly still be in KARA as KARA because she’s KARA, and this could just be the official declaration that KARA is indeed KARA. That is, unless the rumors about KARA fighting with KARA are true and KARA betrays KARA and leaves KARA. Maybe it’s the drugs?
In all seriousness though, the only reason this doesn’t make sense to me is that I don’t think Gyuri, Hara, or Seungyeon are individually effective celebs, and KARA always felt better off as a group (same with Nicole and Jiyoung, really). We’ll see, but still.