On January 3, Hyomin announced on Instagram that all the remaining members of the girl group have decided to leave the agency. T-ara debuted with Boram, Soyeon, Qri, Eunjung, Hyomin, and Jiyeon under Core Contents Media with "Lie" in 2009, and Core Contents Media was officially renamed to MBK Entertainment in 2014. Boram and Soyeon did not promote with T-ara following the end of their contracts in May of 2017, and the remaining 4 members released their last track "What's My Name?" in June.
Though the girl group gained a tremendous amount of fans and released much-loved tracks, a bullying controversy in 2012 involving former members Hwayoung and Ahreum was a huge blow to their popularity.
Hyomin's full Instagram post is as follows:
"It's been a while since I'm greeting you all, and it's the new year. You're doing well, right? With the end of last year, we parted ways with our agency of 10 years. Don't worry though. I can't tell you any details as of now, but the members will be together in the future no matter what.
For the first time in a while, the members are taking time off for themselves and relaxing. We've decided to sincerely think about how we can make a space to meet our fans in the future. Of course, we plan to personally meet our fans often as well. I'm thankful thinking back to the times that taught me a lot from when I was young and took it for granted that I was receiving love and even now when I'm starting again knowing I can't receive love. I'm excited thinking of a new start, but it's also true that there are things I'm careful about after leaving my company of 10 years. It feels like I've broken up with a lover, and I'm scared to start a new love right after.
Although it's not the end with my fans, I want to say that I'm sincerely thankful to you for giving me extensive support for 10 years. Also, you all went through a lot!
I'll return to you with good news in a bit, so don't worry as you wait.
I hope you all fulfill your hopes in 2018, and Happy New Year!"
Stay tuned for updates on the former members of T-ara.