Jiho Leaves OH MY GIRL and WM Entertainment: Read Full Statement From Idol

Jiho from Oh My Girl has left the K-pop group to "move forward toward a new dream"—but the Korean girl band will support each other "on the road ahead," the singer revealed on May 9.

In a handwritten letter addressed to "Miracle" (the official name of the group's fanclub), posted on the band's online fan forum May 9, the singer wrote: "I talked with the company about the future a number of times, but we decided to support each other on the road ahead in the end. In the future, I'll be supporting Oh My Girl's activities as a member of Miracle, not as a member of Oh My Girl," according to South Korea's Hankookilbo and other Korean media.

Oh My Girl's management agency WM Entertainment also released a statement on May 9, which said the company has terminated its contract with Jiho to respect her desire to "move toward a new dream following a long and in-depth discussion with Jiho and the band members," according to South Korea's Star Today.

The company added: "We want to express our gratitude to Jiho for being with us for seven years and sincerely support her activities in the future."

Confirming that the contracts of the other members (Hyojung, Mimi, YooA, Seunghee, Yubin, and Arin) had been renewed, WM Entertainment said the remaining six members will "continue their activities with a new start."

It's unknown which agency Jiho will join or what the next move will be for her music career. In the aforementioned handwritten letter, she said: "I can't tell you in detail about my next steps, but I can promise you this one thing. No matter what I do in the future, I'll work hard to repay you [for your support] by showing you good images of myself. Let's cheer one another on in the future."

Thanking her fans for the "miraculous moments" she's had over the past seven years, Jiho said: "Because of you, I was able to grow and be happier over the past seven years. I hope that happiness was also experienced by [the members of] Miracle as well," in the letter.

See an image of Jiho shared on the official Instagram account of Oh My Girl here.

Oh My Girl debuted in 2015 as an eight-piece group before becoming a seven-member band in 2017 following JinE's departure due to health issues.

The group scored several hit tracks, from Closer and Liar Liar to Real Love from their second studio album of the same name, marking their first domestic song release since their eighth mini-album Dear OHMYGIRL in May 2021.

See an image of Oh My Girl backstage at South Korea's Music Bank show in April 2022 shared on the official Instagram account of Oh My Girl here.

Read Full Statement from Jiho

The handwritten letter (translated here from Korean) began: "Miracle [the name of the official fan club for Oh My Girl]. Hello. This is Jiho.

"I talked with the company about the future a number of times, but we decided to support each other on the road ahead in the end. In the future, I'll be supporting Oh My Girl's activities as a member of Miracle not as a member of Oh My Girl.

"The countless conversations we've had over the past seven years, the moments we met every Monday, and the love and support Miracle gave us are all truly unforgettable. I really want to say thank you to Miracle for creating such miraculous moments in my life. Because of you, I was able to grow and be happier over the past seven years. I hope that happiness was also experienced by [the members of] Miracle as well.

"I was very bad at expressing myself but I learned a lot from Miracle, who always showed me greater love each time I did express it [my love for you]. With all that I learned from Miracle, I will try to be a great Miracle [member] too.

"I can't tell you in detail about my next steps, but I can promise you this one thing. No matter what I do in the future, I'll work hard to repay you [for your support] by showing you good images of myself. Let's cheer one another on in the future," the letter concluded.

Oh My Girl at KCON 2017.
Members of K-pop group Oh My Girl pictured at the KCON 2017 event back in Los Angeles, California. Greg Doherty/Getty Images