In just two days time, Nicole Jung will be a member of Kara no more. After deciding not to renew her contract with the group, she has chosen to leave Korea and move back to the US "within weeks", sources tell IdolWow!.
A spokesman for the 22-year-old singer at DSP Media announced today: "Nicole, who has served as a member of Kara for the last seven years, will conclude her contract on January 16.
"She will unfortunately be ceasing her activities as a member of Kara, but we ask that you continue your support for her as she embarks on new beginnings."
According to sources, the 22-year-old girl group star is leaving for L.A. to study and is in the process of preparing for vocal and dance training.
"She will spend time working on her skills and studying," says a source. "She will be leaving Korea within weeks."
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A rep for Kara adds that the remaining members -- Seungyeon, Gyuri, Goo Hara and Jiyoung -- are currently preparing for various activities which will also include solo acting projects and an upcoming album release.
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