Is this true? Actually, sadly, it is.
An official announcement from JYP Entertainment has been released via Wondergirlsworld.com:
JYP Entertainment has announced that Mimi from the Wonder Girls has decided to postpone her musical career to pursue an academic career. Mimi, the rest of the Wonder Girls members, her family, and JYP Entertainment have collectively decided to postpone her musical career for the time being. JYP Entertainment said, “Mimi had a truly memorable, once in a lifetime experience while living in the U.S. and touring over 50 cities. We support her decision to pursue an academic career at this time. We will also support Mimi if she chooses to return to singing after her academics are complete. In the meantime, she plans to frequent JYP facilities and continue her dance and vocal classes.”
After news that Wonder Girls’ youngest member Sun Mi has left the group went out, fans and netizens are in heated discussions online over the real reason of her leaving.
Various speculations are going around, some netizens pointed out that the company CEO Park Jin Young is at fault for this, while some thought that Sun Mi could not adapt well to living in the States etc.
Many questioned if the reason stems from Sun Mi herself or from the company.
Mimi will remain with the Wonder Girls in the U.S., continuing with any scheduled performances and activities until the end of February. As of March, she will return to Korea and prepare to focus on her studies. JYP has named 17 year old Hae Lim as the newest member to the quintet. Lim was born in Hong Kong, but of South Korean descent. She has gone through extensive training at the JYP Academy for three years and is fluent in four languages: English, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese.