It was previously announced that fromis_9‘s Jang Gyuri would be leaving the group. She had not renewed her contract with the company following the move to HYBE labels. The other members had all decided to renew their contract.
fromis_9 will become an 8-member group starting from this coming August and will meet their fans in their upcoming Japanese activities and 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 GYU RI 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.
— Pledis Entertainment
Gyuri penned a touching letter to fans on Weverse. She thanked Flovers for all their support and ended with a promise to become a Flover too.
Hello, this is fromis_9’s Gyuri. I’m more worried than anything as I fear that our Flovers will be shocked at the sudden news. I had wanted to wrap things up well until the last moment, and so I’m sorry that I couldn’t tell you in advance. It had felt like the time where I have to say such things was still far away, but now that I’ve come to this point, I feel rather sad while thinking about the time we spent together.
The unchanging love and support that have been given to me by Flovers up to now, has warmly comforted me as I was crumbling under guilt and confusion, and has helped me gain courage to take a step forward in the face of fear at a the new challenge ahead of me.
Many Flovers have always told fromis_9 and myself that they’re grateful for us as we gave them strength and hope to live on. But rather, I want to express my gratitude for Flovers that became a stepping stone and pillar of gratitude to me. Thanks to you, I was able to grow and challenge myself endlessly.
The Flovers that coddled me and trusted me with great love even though I’m not great at expressing myself, I’ll remember each and every one of you without fail.
Just like how I’ve always been doing, I’ll do my best so as not to let you down, no matter where I am and no matter how I look like. Please watch over me.
Please show fromis_9, who’s rising bit by bit, lots of love and please look forward to their amazing promotions. I’ll become a Flover too and cheer on fromis_9 with you.
Thank you. I love you.
Fans speculate that Gyuri will soon be moving into acting. Jang Gyuri debuted with fromis_9 through Idol School and also made her acting debut in 2019 through Dating Class. She has since appeared in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.