Jang Gyuri leaves Fromis 9 after contract expires, group to continue as Fromis 8

In what came as a surprise to at least me, it was announced that Fromis 9 member Jang Gyuri would be leaving the group and Pledis Entertainment after her contract expired, making the group another warning against using the number of members in the name of a group.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the fans who have shown unwavering support and love for fromis_9. We would like to provide some information regarding the future activities of fromis_9.
fromis_9 will become an eight-member group starting from this coming August and will meet fans for their upcoming activities in Japan as well as other various activities scheduled for the second half of this year.
fromis_9’s fifth EP ‘from our Memento Box’ will be the last promotional activity of Jang Gyuri as she wraps up her time as a member of fromis_9. She will conclude her contract earlier with us as of July 31 to embark on a new journey.
The eight members of fromis_9 (Lee Saerom, Song Hayoung, Park Jiwon, Roh Jisun, Lee Seoyeon, Lee Chaeyoung, Lee Nagyung, and Baek Jiheon) signed new exclusive contracts with us when they transferred to PLEDIS Entertainment in August 2021. Jang Gyuri maintained the conditions of the original contract with her former agency, and PLEDIS has been in charge of tasks including the management of her team and individual activities.
The artist and the company made the decision after careful consideration and discussions on what would be the best path for everyone. Please continue to send your love and support to Jang Gyuri, who has always committed to do her best as a member of fromis_9, and to the eight members of fromis_9, who will start a new chapter of their careers.”

I mean, I don’t blame her. I assume she got a taste of the acting gigs in 2019-20 and decided it was better, or is just what she really wanted to do anyway, and she’s currently set for another soon so it only makes sense that this is what she wants.

Immortal.

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