Pledis Entertainment confirmed on May 31 that UEE will be graduating from After School, as well as leaving the company to seek out a new label.
According to the label, "UEE will be leaving After School since her contract has ended. We will cheer each other on in our future endeavors. This does not mark the disbandment of After School."
UEE debuted as a member of After School in 2009. She took to her official fan cafe after the news broke out to address fans, writing,
"It seems like just yesterday that I debuted as a member of After School as a new recruit, but it's already been 8 years. Since then, the members who were in high school have become college students, and my front seat has changed. During my promotions, the word 'graduation' felt foreign to me, but now it's my turn. Time goes so fast. Even though I can no longer be After School's UEE, I will never forget that I am a graduate of After School, where ever I may be. I would like to thank everyone in the Pledis family, and am thankful and apologetic toward the [After School] members. I will become a UEE who is always bright and who does everything with joy."
Best of luck to UEE in her new beginning!