Core Contents Media (CCM) has just announced that T-ara's Ryu Hwayoung will be departing from the group and her contract as an artist will be voided effective immediately.
CCM CEO Kim Kwang Soo made a personally written press release, and stated Hwayoung's departure was due to the wishes of T-ara's 19 member staff, 7 hair and make-up personnel, 5 stylists, and 7 managers.
Kim Kwang Soo claimed the termination of Hwayoung's contract has nothing to due with recent controversy. Recently, exchanges between the members on Twitter were seen by fans as one-sided bullying of the members of T-ara towards Hwayoung, but nothing was confirmed, leaving questions unanswered and the public speculating.
Kim Kwang Soo stated, "We wish to impress upon the fact that this has nothing to do with the ‘bullying’ reports surrounding T-ara."
CCM went on to express their sympathies towards fans on T-ara's 3rd anniversary, and that. "We also apologize again to the T-ara members and wish Hwayoung all the best as a powerful rapper."
T-ara will return as a 7 member group with the original 6 members and new member Ahreum.