In a bit of housekeeping news (now that the throbbing sensation in my head is all but gone), Jooyeon officially graduated from After School at the end of 2014.
The now ex-After School member made the announcement on the group’s official fan case on December 31st.
“I don’t know how to start and what to say,” she started, “I’ve graduated from After School to start a new challenge. First of all, I want to say sorry to those of you who might have been really surprised.”
She continued, “It’s been six years since I started with After School. Looking back now, there were so many moments with tears and laughter. I was able to grow another level and become a better person. I’m excited for the new challenge, but I’m scared as well.”
She further wrote, “From now on, I won’t be able to be with the After School members or the fans of After School, but I won’t think of it as a goodbye,” adding, “I will remember each one of you who gave me such great memories to remember. I will try my best to not disappoint you, to show a much more improved self.”
I’m not sure who was going to be “really surprised” with the news. Out of the original members of After School, there is now only one idol who is still active within the group – the seemingly immortal Jungah.
For those who consider themselves fans of Jooyeon, she likely won’t be out of the spotlight long. Jooyeon is reportedly looking to spend more time as an actress which, let’s be real, is most likely a more lucrative and less demanding job than being the sixth wheel in a girl group stuck in neutral.
Still, Jooyeon’s presence in K-Pop will be sorely missed. Hopefully, the new year won’t have as many departures in store.