T-ara's Ryu Hwayoung leaves amidst bullying controversy

SEOUL: K-pop girl group T-ara's management agency Core Contents Media (CCM) announced in a media release on Monday that T-ara rapper Ryu Hwayoung has been asked to leave the group, reported Korean media.

CCM said that it had decided to "unconditionally void her contract" with the company immediately, after receiving "complaints from staff members" who had worked with the 18-year-old star, even though her group mates did not want her to go.

"It is sad that we have to announce this on T-ara's third anniversary.

"We apologize to everyone who loved T-ara, the T-ara members and wish Hwayoung all the best in becoming a great rapper," said CCM head Kim Kwang Soo.

Kim told Korean media that the company wanted to protect Ryu and declined to provide any details about the staff complaints he had received.

Kim also insisted that the recent rumours, which claimed that Ryu was bullied by the other T-ara members, are "baseless", pointing out that there was "neither discord between the other T-ara members and Hwayoung, nor any attempt to make a member an outcast".

Ryu has not said anything about her departure from T-ara, though she did post a cryptic tweet on her Twitter account which read "… facts without any truth", shortly after CCM's announcement.

T-ara, who made its debut in 2009 and shot to fame with the hit song "Bo Peep Bo Peep", will continue their "Day by Day" mini album promotions with its remaining seven members, Boram, Qri, Eunjung, Soyeon, Hyomin, Jiyeon and Ahreum.

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Source: Channel News Asia

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