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T-ara's Areum Announces Band Departure to Pursue Solo Career

July 11, 2013 at 11:00 am EDT

Areum on stage with T-ara N4 at an M Countdown taping in Mapo, Seoul, on May 30 Credit: Dispatch Images

Areum on stage with T-ara N4 at an M Countdown taping in Mapo, Seoul, on May 30
Credit: Dispatch Images

Another one bites the dust. Singer Areum is leaving girl group T-ara, IdolWow! can confirm.

On July 10, the band’s agency Core Contents Media revealed that the 19-year-old T-ara sweetheart would be parting with the group to pursue a solo career.

A rep explains:  "She plans to engage with her musical inclination towards hip-hop, but also do ballads and even pursue acting."

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Areum also leaves behind a spot in sub-unit group, T-ara N4, which will be filled by 14-year-old American-born trainee, Dani, who joins both groups in December.

But despite the sudden departure, it's business as usual for T-ara, who will continue as a six-piece group at their two-night Nippon Budokan concert in Japan on Friday, July 12.

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Meanwhile a spokesman for the group has made an official appeal to media outlets to refrain from speculating over reasons behind Areum's departure.

After former member Hwayoung left T-ara in July 2012 amidst controversy over being bullied out of the group, similar speculations are surfacing at pace.

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