We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Dal Shabet will no longer be promoting themselves as a 6-member K-Pop idol girl group.
According to Allkpop, members Jiyul and Ga Eun announced that they’re leaving Dal Shabet after their contracts with their talent agency, Happy Face Entertainment, have expired.
Formed in 2011, Dal Shabet is a South Korean idol girl group created by E-Tribe through their label Happy Face Entertainment. Leader Viki left the 6-member girl group in 2012 and was replaced by new member Woohee. Now, 2 more members are leaving the group as Jiyul and Ga Eun decided not to resign their contracts with their company and go down a different path.
Jiyul is reportedly going to challenge herself in the acting sphere as she has always wanted to become an actress. As for Ga Eun, she will begin studying fashion. Both member recently fulfilled their schedules in Japan, but they didn’t tell fans about their plans to leave the group as they didn’t want to hurt their fans during the events.
Both departing members have also posted their heartfelt handwritten letters online to express their gratitudes towards the remaining members, the staff, and of course, their fans.
In the letter, Jiyul wrote:
Since meeting Darlings in 2011 right up until now, the 5 years with lovely Darlings and our members was really a happy time.
“After discussions with my family, the members, our staff, etc. and debating a lot, I came to this decision. For me as well, it’s really, really sad to be delivering this upsetting news and I know it will upset Darlings but I wanted to be the first person to tell you all,” she added.
As for Ga Eun, she apologised for not being able to notify fans earlier about their departure. She said:
Until the last schedule, I wanted to go on as usual and have fun while completing my schedules cheerfully so I couldn’t tell you all sooner.
“Going forward, I will focus on fashion and style, which I have always had a lot of interest in and loved. I’ll study it diligently and come back with a new image so don’t worry about me,” she further explained.
To further thank her fellow group mates, Jiyul also posted a group photo of Dal Shabet on her personal Instagram post. The photo came with the caption: “And my loves, the members, I love you.”
Despite the departure of the 2 members, the idol girl group will not disband as they will now promote themselves as a 4-member girl group. The group’s remaining members include Seri, Ahyoung, Woohee, and Subin.
Jiyul and Ga Eun wrote in their handwritten letters that Dal Shabel will be making a comeback soon. They wrote:
Our members have a comeback ahead of them. Seri, Ahyoung, Woohee, and Subin are going to make a comeback with a tremendous song. Please look forward to it a lot. We would be grateful if you supported them greatly and a lot so that they can gain strength on whatever stage they stand.
While it’s sad to see both Jiyul and Ga Eun leaving the group, we wish the 2 members and Dal Shabet all the best!