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Wonder Girls member Mimi [10Asia]

Wonder Girls member Mimi has announced that she will be leaving her group to take a break from her music career and attend college, according to agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Monday.

“It was a very happy and precious experience for me to tour and perform in 50 cities in the U.S. over the past year,” the singer was quoted as saying. “But I started wondering whether I could go on living this kind of life in the future.”

She explained that she wants to go back to living a normal life, go to school and return to the entertainment business at a later time. She also added that she wants to continue receiving dancing and singing lessons during her break from the group.

JYPE said they respect Mimi’s decision which comes after long consideration and discussion among other bandmates, family members and officials at the agency and will “support her in making a comeback at a time of her choosing after she has entered college.”

Mimi, 18, is set to fulfill her responsibility as a member of the group until the end of February and return to Korea in March to prepare for her college entrance qualification exam. As one of the two youngest members of her pop quintet, she had quit high school last year to expand her singing career to the U.S.

Her place in the group will be filled by new member Lim, a JYP trainee who has been preparing for debut for three years and reportedly speaks four languages including English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Wonder Girls, who debuted in 2007, is one of the most successful K-pop groups who has made an impressive crossover to the United States. In October, their U.S. debut single “Nobody” entered the Billboard Hot100 at No. 76, making them the first Korean artists to be placed on the chart in its 115-year history.

They had actively promoted themselves in the U.S. last year — opening for popular boy band The Jonas Brothers during their U.S. summer tour, appearing on radio and television shows including FOX’s “Wendy Williams Show” and “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Reporter : Lynn Kim
Editor : Jessica Kim
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