Kim Garam is leaving Le Sserafim!
On 20 July, Le Sserafim’s agency Source Music (which is under the Hybe Labels umbrella) issued a statement declaring Garam’s contract termination and her leaving both the group and the company.
Source Music’s Official statement reads:
[Notice] Notice on LE SSERAFIM’s Future Activities
This is HYBE/SOURCE MUSIC.
We would like to provide you with information on the decision made in regards to LE SSERAFIM member KIM GARAM and plans for the future activities of LE SSERAFIM.
Our company has decided to terminate the exclusive contract with KIM GARAM.
We extend our sincerest apologies to our fans and to those who have shown love and support to the group for causing you concern over the controversy involving the member.
LE SSERAFIM will continue their activities as a five-member group, and we will spare no effort to support the group to grow further as artists through their music and performance.
Source Music released the statement in Korean, English and Japanese simultaneously. You can read them all here!
Le Sserafim debuted on 2 May with six members: Sakura, Chaewon, Yunjin, Kazuha, Garam and Eunchae. But even before their debut, posts about Garam bullying her classmates had been circulating and gaining traction on Korean sites. While Source Music initially pushed through with their claims about Garam being innocent, more and more serious posts about Garam’s past were being posted online. She went on a hiatus on 20 May after over two weeks of promotion. Le Sserafim has been promoting with five members since.
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