Following news of the girl group members' legal battle with their agency TS Entertainment, Ji Eun personally told fans of her leave from SECRET in an Instagram post on February 28. Her full post is as follows:
"Hello, this is Song Ji Eun. Before I tell you the news, I first want to say that I'm sorry to let the fans who love SECRET know about this matter through news articles. I needed a lot of courage before writing something like this. I've always wanted to only tell you about good things, but my heart is heavy because I can't do that. I don't have a way to communicate at present, so I ask that you understand that I'm posting this on Instagram.Ji Eun is the second member to leave SECRET following Sunhwa in September of 2016. What are your thoughts and feelings on Ji Eun's exit and post?
My thankful heart does not change towards TS Entertainment, which I've been with since my trainee days and my debut in 2009. Because the agency was there, we could rely on each other and exist as SECRET as well as meet the fans who supported our dreams until now. I once again say thank you. Because I feel that way, it's true that I still worry about accurately discussing the situation.
Many people have already read this through news articles, but it's true that in August of 2017, we filed an application of arbitration against TS with the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board came to the decision that my exclusive contract no longer exists. I'm telling those who are confused that the articles saying there's a civil lawsuit going on are not true.
I'm very careful and apologetic as I know how long fans have been waiting for SECRET. However, I still want to give bright energy to a lot of people. I'll be leaving the team SECRET and starting a new beginning under the name Song Ji Eun. These recent events have been a time for me to mature. With this as a foundation, I'll conclude by saying that I'll meet you all with an even brighter image as the way Song Ji Eun originally is. I'm sorry, and thank you."