Founding members Euaerin and Minha have suddenly left 9MUSES under the guise of "graduating" from it.
The shocking announcement was made on June 7th, which caused a great confusion amongst fans.
9MUSES held their first solo concert in February, so the graduation announcement seems out of place. Both members wrote letters to fans and Star Empire Entertainment also left an official announcement.
Hi this is Minha.
I've written multiple letters before but today of all days my pen feels very heavy. My contract with Star Empire that I have been with for 6 years has expired and after much talk and thought I have decided to go a new path.
I will come back to you all after studying more and growing more. I could do so much thanks to the members that have stayed with me together. I was also happy to be a person who could give and take love from all of you guys. I will forever remember all the 6 years with everyone.
Thank you for making me want to become a better person and I will try to improve more and more thinking of you. I hope all of "Mine" are happy.
Thank you, thank you and I love you Mine.
Hello this is 9muses Lee Yoo Aerin….
I’ver written and erased this many times and I don’t think I can express my feelings no matter how much I try. As of 2016, May 26th, my official schedule is over. The fans who have loved 9Muses that I have been with for 7 years…There have been many times where I have been happy as a member of 9 Muses so it’s saddening. And I get a little scared to think that I will have to live apart from the members.
I know the limitless potential of 9Muses so I would like to cheer for them from a step behind them. I could exist thanks to the fans who loved me. And I worked hard to live up to your love I wish I could be with them and all of you forever but I believe that as time passes we could all meet again.
You "mine" are more than just fans you’re family. And to my beloved members, thank you I was happy to be with you. From now on I will work to grow and be a better "Lee Hye Min".
– From Lee Yoo Aerin, forever a part of 9Muses
Star Empire Entertainment also issued a statement.
Hello this is STAR EMPIRE
We would like to give our official response with regards to the letters posted to day by Lee Euaerin and Park Minha. The two members have decided to graduate from the group following the expiration of their contract. This decision was not easy not only for the company but for the members as well.
But since the girls have worked tirelessly for 7 years as a part of 9Muses we have decided to respect their wishes.
We would like to cheer on the girls who have decided to start anew following their graduations. 9Muses are planning a unit activity for the summer and we will make specific announcements soon.
We would like to thank all the fans who love 9Muses and the remaining members will work harder to bring you better music and better stage.