K-Pop Star Amber of f(x) Leaves SM Entertainment

Amber Liu—known professionally as Amber—has left SM Entertainment, the label behind K-pop girl group f(x), she announced on Twitter Sunday. Notably missing from her statement, however, were mentions of Victoria, Krystal, and Luna—the other three members of f(x).

"Hey everyone, I would like to announce my contract with SM Entertainment has ended today, and I have decided to part ways with the company," The f(x) singer wrote in a hand-written message to fans. "From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank everyone who believed in me and have been patient with me all these years. I can't wait to show you what's in store in this next chapter of my career. Again and always, thank you!! Love, peace, and Boba –Llama."

Deep down I feared that f(x) being so inactive would lead to us never getting another comeback but I didn't want to think about it. Best of luck in everything the future brings you Amber. As a fan I respect your decision and will forever support you.

— Mars 🍂 (@Ahgamond) September 1, 2019

None of her group members responded to Amber's departure.

Amber had reportedly been living in Los Angeles for a while, pursuing outside opportunities before breaking her contract with SM Entertainment. Such projects include a YouTube channel (launched in 2015) with more than 1 million subscribers, several new solo tracks, and a collaboration with Superfruit on the song "FANTASY."

Amber Liu
Amber performs at KCON LA 2016 at L.A. LIVE on July 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Michael Boardman/Getty Images

The girl group f(x)—known for their single "La Cha Ta" in 2009—has faced similar shakeups before. They were a five-member group, until Sulli, a former child actress, left in 2015.

Before Sulli left, the group was successful with full-length albums like Pinocchio, Pink Tape, and Red Light. They released 4 Walls as a quartet. However, the group has been fairly quiet since the 2015 release of 4 Walls, prompting many fans to question whether or not they would go on.

I think my thoughts today go out the most to luna who held onto the hope of another f(x) release (or at least tried to keep the dream alive) every time someone asked her..... truly the idol of HOPE and we salute her for that

— jessica (@bringthechicken) September 1, 2019

While some fans of the group are saddened by the news, many took to Twitter to congratulate Amber on the next chapter in her life and wish her well.

amber, thank you so much for working hard. i'm really sorry you had gone through a lot. i wish you nothing but happiness and success for your career in the future, walk on flowery path from now on. you did amazingly great, keep reaching your dreams and don't get hurt ❤️

— ❅ (@winterjonghyun) September 1, 2019