Son Naeun has made the decision to withdraw from Apink.
According to an exclusive report from The Fact, Son Naeun has made the decision to leave Apink ahead of the group’s 11 year anniversary. One insider believes the decision was because she could not juggle both idol and acting activities.
Son Naeun decided that she could no longer participate in Apink’s activities due to other schedules at the same time.
The report also states that after discussions held between IST Entertainment, YG Entertainment, the Apink members, and Son Naeun, an agreement was made for Son Naeun to conclude her activities with Apink. Even though she will go on her own path, all parties support each other in their future endeavors.
IST Entertainment has confirmed that Naeun will be leaving Apink.
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Apink will continue their activities as five members ahead of the release of their 11th anniversary song. Son Naeun will conclude her group activities and the two parties will cheer for each other as they go on their separate paths.
Since Apink’s activities in February for their special album, we have held in depth discussions about the future direction of group activities with the members.
All six members and staff from both IST and YG met in person to share their opinions on the group activities. After careful consideration, this decision was recently made. Since this decision was not made lightly, we would like to support all future activities by respecting the opinions of the members who chose to be considerate of each others’ wishes.
We would like to express our apologies to PANDA, who has always been with Apink and we ask for your understanding.
We will continue to provide our full support for Apink’s group activities and the individual growth of the five members. Also, we will do our best for the fans who continue to love and support Apink.
Just like the past 10 years, we ask for your support and love for the Apink members, who continue to promote in various industry fields.
— IST Entertainment