LOONA will mark its first comeback without Chuu.
Blockberry Creative released a statement announcing Chuu’s departure from LOONA due to her alleged abuse toward staff. The company accused her of mistreating the staff and misusing her power during her time in the girl group.
"However, recently, there have been reports that Chuu has been verbally abusive and misusing her power against the staff. It turned out to be true, and the agency's head is now consoling the staff members. The agency has decided to take responsibility and remove Chuu from the group. We apologize to the staff who have been greatly hurt by this incident," part of the statement said.
As a result, the agency said LOONA would continue with its remaining 11 members.
LOONA’s 1st Comeback Without Chuu
On LOONA’s official Twitter page, it uploaded the official poster of the girl group’s upcoming comeback. The poster features the words “What’s NEXT [ ]?” alongside the date “2023.01.03. 6PM (KST).”
It also has a photo of a hand holding a giant marble.
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The upcoming project will follow LOONA’s 2022 EP, Flip That. The group previously released EPs with Chuu: [+ +], [#], [12:00], and [&].
As of press time, Chuu has been receiving more support and love from fans as she focuses on her solo endeavors, including her YouTube channel.
Did Blockberry Creative Mistreat Chuu?
Before Chuu’s removal from LOONA, there had been rumors that Chuu would leave her agency but plan to continue her work with her group.
Her fansite broke their silence over this matter, accusing Blockberry Creative of not caring for her in the past. For instance, the company reportedly made her ride on public transportation to go to her scheduled appearances.
“They haven't even given Chuu a manager for her solo schedule since May. That's why she's been taking taxis for all her schedules, and she's been carrying her luggage too. Their manager isn't even busy. When Chuu had to call a taxi through KakaoTaxi to get to her schedule, the manager was driving Choerry to a birthday cafe event,” the fansite detailed.
It added that Chuu took care of her own luggage whenever she had a solo schedule. To support their claims, they expressed their willingness to show proof.
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