It’s sad that (G)I-DLE will no longer be a 6-member girl group, following the departure of Seo Soo-jin (서수진), better known mononymously as Soojin (수진).
Cube Entertainment released a statement yesterday (Saturday, 14th August), announcing that the 23-year-old will be leaving (G)I-DLE and that the girl group will proceed as a quintet.
Their statement reads:
“This is Cube Entertainment.
First, the agency apologises for having caused concern through the controversy associated with our artist Soojin.
Today, we are announcing the decision that Soojin will be leaving the group.
(G)I-DLE will henceforth promote as five members. We will continue to do our best and provide unstinting support so that (G)I-DLE can show their growth in music and performance.
This comes 6 months after the K-pop star made headlines for alleged bullying during her school years. As a result, she has been on hiatus since March. Despite the denial both from the agency and Soojin, actress Seo Shin Ae publicly stated that she was a victim of Soojin’s bullying back when they were classmates.
Since the shocking news of her departure came to light, loyal fans have started a petition urging Cube Entertainment to rethink their decision as simply kicking her out shouldn’t be the solution. At the time of writing, the petition currently has over 68k signatures.
You can check out the petition link here.