ChoA Officially leaves AOA


As we reported before Choa was struggling with depression and so she temporally left AOA. It has now come out that ChoA is leaving her group after 5 years. She wrote a letter to fans saying.

“Hello, this is ChoA.

I was very thankful and sorry that so many people took interest in my sudden hiatus. It’s a bit late, but I’d like to tell you the reasons I had to rest and the decision I’ve come to after a lot of thought.

AOA wasn’t a team that received a lot of love as soon as it debuted, so I was always grateful for the love and think of it preciously. Although I was the oldest in the group, I’m still young. There were many times I wanted to cry during our promotions. I know you all liked me because of my bright image, however. I was crying inside, but I had to appear happy. This happened over and over again, and the more I forced myself, the sicker I felt.

To treat my insomnia and depression, I started taking medication and lessening my work load 2 years ago. However, I ended up stopping my activities as the problem wasn’t due to exhaustion. I tried to get back to work as I thought of everyone waiting for me, but I felt that if there was more negative attention due to my hiatus, this would hurt my group members even more.

After speaking to our label, I’ve decided to leave the team called AOA today, and I’m going to cheer on my fellow members.

During the past 8 years that I’ve prepared and worked as a celebrity, I learned many things. I think this difficult moment will make me grow. I’m 28 this year, and in the future, I’ll be reflecting on confused self. For the remainder of my 20s, I’d like to experience things that are appropriate for my age.

Currently, I’m not thinking of promoting except for what’s already scheduled for me individually. One day when I don’t feel afraid and feel I can show a better side of myself, I wish to return if there are still people cheering me on. I’m a person who’s lacking a lot of things, but I would like to sincerely thank those who keep supporting me and worrying about me. To the members I’ve been with for so long, to those who helped me overcome what I lack so I can receive love, and to those who loved me and AOA, I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart.”


. 안녕하세요 초아입니다 저의 갑작스런 활동중단에 많은분들이 관심 가져주시고 걱정해주셔서 정말 감사했고 죄송했습니다 조금 늦었지만 제가 쉴수밖에 없었던 이유와 고민해서 내린 결정에 대해서 말씀드리고 싶어요. AOA라는 팀으로 데뷔하자마자 많은 사랑을받았던것이 아니기때문에 그만큼 사랑 받는다는것을 소중하게 느끼고 항상 감사하고 있었습니다. 팀에서 맏언니 였지만 아직 한참 어린 저는 활동을 해오면서 울고싶을때가 많았습니다. 하지만 저를 찾아주시는 이유는 밝은 저의 모습이라는것을 잘알고있었어요 마음은 울고있었지만 밝게만 보여야 하는 일이 반복되었고 스스로를 채찍질 할수록 점점 병들고있는 스스로를 발견 했었습니다. 불면증과 우울증을 치료하고자 약도 먹어보고 2년전부터 스케줄을 점점 줄여왔지만 피곤에서 오는 문제가 아니였기에 결국 모든활동을 중단하게 되었습니다 기다려주시는 분들을 떠올리며 복귀할수있도록 노력했지만 마냥 쉬고있는 상태로 부정적인 관심들이 지속되면 팀원들에게 더 많은 피해가 가게 될수 있다고 생각이들었습니다. 소속사와 협의 하에 저는 오늘 부로 aoa라는 팀에서 탈퇴하여 함께했던 멤버들의 활동을 응원하고자합니다. 연예인을 준비하고 활동했던 8년동안 많은것들을 배울수 있었다고 생각하고 힘들다고 생각하는 지금 이순간 조차 저를 성장시키는 과정이라고 생각이듭니다. 저는 올해 28살로 앞으로 혼란스러운 스스로를 차근차근 돌아보고 지난 8년간의 방송활동 이외에 남은 20대는 제 나이만큼의 넓은 경험들로 채워보고싶어요. 지금은 예정되어있던 개인활동 외에 활동은 생각하지 않고있는 상태로 언젠가 더이상 두렵지않고 지금보다 더 나아진 제 모습을 보여드릴 수 있을 때 그때에도 저를 응원해주시나면 분들이 계신다면 다시 돌아오고싶습니다. 많이 부족한사람인지라 그 와중에서도 끝까지 응원해주시고 걱정해주신많은 분들께 진심으로 애정어린 감사를 드립니다. 오랜시간 함께해온 멤버들 그리고 사랑받을수 있도록 부족한 점을 매꿔 주셨던 많은분들 , 그동안 저를 포함한 AOA를 사랑해주신 많은분들께 진심으로 감사드립니다.

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Sarah is the founder and content manager of TokkiStar. She has been a K-pop fan since the age of 13 but began as a J-pop fan at 11. Some of her favorite groups include SHINee, Wonder Girls, Red Velvet, SVT, WJSN, NCT, Day6, The Rose, and SNSD. She is currently anticipating the day Pristin reunites.