The journey of a K-Pop idol in this industry is filled with glitz, glamour, rigorous training, and a relentless schedule. However, not every journey lasts forever. Several idols choose to pursue different career paths at what many consider their “prime.” Here’s a list of some beloved female idols who left their active musical careers during their peak ages, leaving fans wishing for more.
1. Former 9MUSES’s Minha
Minha made her debut with 9MUSES in 2010, gracing the stage with hits like “Wild” and “Drama.” In 2016, Star Empire Entertainment declared her departure when she was only 24 years old, alongside fellow member Euaerin. The talented beauty later signed with J,WIDE-Company, focusing on her acting career. Though she’s showcasing her skills on-screen, fans deeply miss her musical presence.
2. After School’s Nana
Nana, known for her stunning visuals and unique voice, captured many hearts during her time with After School. The member of the sub-unit Orange Caramel also ventured into acting and modeling. With her last idol activity being when she was only 23 years old, fans wish she had more musical moments before transitioning.
3. Former MOMOLAND’s Yeonwoo
MOMOLAND’s bubbly Yeonwoo waved goodbye to her idol days in 2019 when she was only 22 years old. She quickly delved into acting, starring in popular dramas such as Touch and Alice. The transition was swift, and many fans are nostalgic about her “BBoom BBoom” days.
4. f(x)’s Krystal
Krystal, part of the iconic group f(x), surprised many when her departure from SM Entertainment was announced in 2020. She signed with H& Entertainment, focusing more on her budding acting career. Her enchanting voice and unique stage charisma are greatly missed, especially considering her last idol activity was when she was only 24 years old.
5. Former Wonder Girls’ Sohee
Sohee, once part of the legendary Wonder Girls, decided not to renew her contract with JYPE in 2013. Venturing into acting aged only 21, she signed with BH Entertainment and starred in Heart to Heart. As much as fans love her on-screen, her “Nobody” era is deeply missed.
6. Pristin’s Xiyeon
Pristin’s promising journey was cut short with their disbandment in 2019. The young and talented Xiyeon left Pledis Entertainment and later announced her decision to continue her career as an actress. Since Xiyeon’s idol career ended at such a young age, fans reminisce about her days performing hits like “Wee Woo.”
It’s bittersweet to see such talented idols transition so early in their careers. While they’re conquering other fields with the same passion and dedication, fans can’t help but feel nostalgic and wish for those golden musical days. Regardless, their contributions to the K-pop world will forever be etched in history.