Miyawaki Sakura Announces She Will Graduate From HKT48

She is graduating from HKT48.

Miyawaki Sakura has announced she will be graduating from her original Japanese group HKT48 on June 19.

The former IZ*ONE member made the announcement at the showcase marking the release of HKT48’s 14th single “Kimi to Doko ka e Ikitai”

I have an announcement to make. I will be graduating from HKT48. I joined HKT48 when I was 13, and have been active with the group for 9 years as one of the first generation members. Even though I was away from the team for two and a half years, HKT48 to me is where I started my career. I have realized that it will always have a special place in my heart.

The idol Miyawaki Sakura was born from HKT48. I have spent years of my life here and I have learned so many things here. I have been surrounded by so many precious friends. Watching HKT48 these past two and a half years, I have seen and felt the growth of the newer generation members, and I feel happy seeing them [do well]. With that, I thought that everyone, including myself, is moving to the next stage of their career.

Because of that, even though there is only a short time until my graduation, I want to carry out my activities while repaying everyone for the 10 years I spent with HKT48. Since I just returned and am making my graduation announcement, I’m sure many of you will be sad and disappointed. However, until my graduation, I am preparing activities that will give everyone in HKT48 hope and bring happiness to the fans. I will also be holding my graduation concert on June 19.

— Miyawaki Sakura

Previously, it was rumored that Sakura would be graduating from the group through a leaked report from a Japanese magazine. She has also been linked with HYBE (previously Big Hit Entertainment).

Source: Star News