TS Entertainment announces today that Han Sunhwa’s 7 years contract ends on October 13 and Sunhwa has decided not to renew leading to her departure from Secret.
In the latest chapter in what’s been an unfortunate storyline in 2016, we have another member departing from a big-name K-pop group.
Just recently, it was reported that Sunhwa will be leaving SECRET following the expiration of her contract on October 13, and that she will be focusing on her acting career instead.
On September 26, TS Entertainment confirmed these reports by releasing an official statement on Sunhwa’s departure and the intent for SECRET to continue on as a three-member group:
“Hello, this is TS Entertainment.
Sunhwa, who has been active as a member of SECRET and as an actress for the past 7 years, will be ending her promotions as SECRET on October 13th. She will be ending her contract with our label as well.
SECRET will continue as a 3 member group with Hyosung, Ji Eun, and Hana, who have renewed their contracts, and we are plannig to continue as usual by supporting their individual activities as well.
We thank you for the warm support you have showed SECRET, and we ask that you continue to support and show interest to SECRET and Sunhwa.
As for Sunhwa, following the news of her departure from SECRET, she posted up an emotional and sincere thank you message to her fans, her soon-to-be former members, and TS Entertainment on her Instagram:
항상 감사한 시크릿타임 팬 여러분들과 응원해주고 격려해주신 많은분들께.. 안녕하세요 한선화입니다 여느 때와 다른, 조심스런 마음으로 여러분들께 인사드립니다. 먼저 7년이란 시간동안 시크릿의 한 멤버로서 말로 다 표현할 수 없는 큰 사랑과 관심을 받으며 여러분들과 함께 울고 웃을 수 있어 많이 행복하고 감사했습니다. 지난날들을 다시 돌아보면 아무것도 모를 때에 혼자서는 할 수 없었던 대단한 일들을 함께 해내며 생각지도 못할 만큼의 사랑과 관심을 받았던 것 같아요. 어려운 선택을 한 만큼 아쉽기도 하고 서운하기도하지만.. 그동안의 추억을 소중하게 간직하고 지금까지 쏟아온 열정을 이젠 앞으로의 날들을 위해 쏟아보려고 합니다 새로운 시작을 앞두고 부족함과 미숙함도 많이 보이겠지만 언제 어디서든 여러분들 응원에 보답하며 묵묵히 열심히 하는 한사람이 되겠습니다. 그동안 함께 해주신 ts가족분들 멤버들 팬여러분 진심으로 감사합니다.
Park Sa-lim, Seoul