Jooyeon Brings Darkest Timeline Of 2014 To A Close By Graduating From After School

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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.

On to the next big thing.

On to the next big thing.

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6 comments

  1. It certainly seems that Pledis is putting Afterschool as a full unit on hiatus at best and out to pasture at worst. It must suck for the members that aren’t in Orange Caramel as they must be wondering what their future is going to look like. That’s too bad as they have had some good and novel concepts over the years from the drum line of “Bang,” to the bondage dommes of “Flashback,” to the pole dancing on “First Love.” I realize Orange Caramel is the it group right now, but I have a bit of a hard time trying to get into their music/videos even with Nana in them (Too cute or too odd I suppose).

    1. Kpoptartsarebestpoptarts · · Reply

      Have you heard Bubble Bath? It’s neither cute or odd, despite the name. It’s a song about washing the stink of a bad relationship off. There is no MV, and as far as I know they have never performed it live. It’s my favorite OC song by far.

  2. I sense UEE leaving real soon. She’s had more success as an actress than Jooyeon and AS is holding UEE’s acting career back.

    1. Yeah UEE has had good reviews and probably needs to really focus on acting. I seem to recall that one of the members of Tiny-G, Dohee perhaps (Can’t remember the name), has basically left Tiny-G because she is having so much success as an actress. It sounds like actresses work sick hours while filming a drama, and obviously have similar responsibilities to idols when not filming such as fan meets, photo shoots, modeling gigs, CF’s, etc., but they have much less traveling they have to do overseas and likely have a bit more time for a personal life than most idols do as they don’t have the music side of things eating up time too. I expect that we may see Sooyoung have to make such a choice down the road if her acting career picks up more steam. I expect many of these idol actors that show some real promise in acting get frustrated with roles they may have to turn down or can’t be considered for because it conflicts with a planned music release and tour, or with some variety show the group is supposed to do.

      1. Kpoptartsarebestpoptarts · ·

        It was actually MyeongJi that left Tiny-G. She literally outgrew the rest of the band. She was no longer so tiny anymore.

      2. With actors and actresses, they work terrible hours like idols, but it’s usually only 2-3 months for a miniseries, and then they have the rest of the year off to recuperate. Idol groups are busy all-year round. If they’re not promoting their new singles, they’re busy overseas or touring college campuses and military bases.

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