LE SSERAFIM‘s Sakura has one of the richest career histories in K-Pop!
She may only be a 1998-liner but she already has 11 years of experience as a singer. She first entered the entertainment industry in 2011 as a member of HKT48, the sister group of famed J-Pop act AKB48 which she later also released songs with.
Sakura left for South Korea to join Mnet‘s survival program Produce 48 and its subsequent winning group IZ*ONE. She talked about this in greater detail in an interview with Showterview.
Here, Sakura was shown a collage of her old photos as a J-Pop idol. She couldn’t help but let out a surprised gasp.
She remembered exactly how old she was in the photos, commenting on the length of time between then and now.
That’s when I was active in Japan. I was 18. It’s been five years since then.
Sakura explained that it was completely her decision to leave her already successful career to take a shot at Produce 48. And though she was happy at being a member of IZ*ONE and meeting people like Chaewon, the disbandment was not easy for her.
I told the agency I wanted to give it a try.
It was incredibly difficult to go from being in one group to suddenly going solo. After 10 years of being Sakura from HKT48, AKB48, and IZ*ONE, she felt lost on her own.
I felt like something was missing. I had always been a member of some groups but suddenly becoming independent, I felt so lonely.
Missing her friends, fans, and the stage meant that she took the chance to re-debut, this time as a member of LE SSERAFIM, seriously.
I thought, ‘This is my last chance. I’m back to join my team for the last time.’
Check out the full video below to learn more meaningful facts about Sakura and the rest of LE SSERAFIM.