On 1 September, member of popular K-pop girl group f(x), Amber Liu took to her Instagram to announce her sudden departure from the group and talent agency, SM Entertainment.
The 26-year-old idol has been signed under SM Entertainment since her trainee days and has spent 12 years with the company. It was only this year when her contract was up for renewal that Amber decided to let her exclusive contract expire.
The California-born singer debut in the five-member girl group, f(x) alongside Victoria, Luna, Krystal and Sulli and attained incredible success with hit songs such as "Electric Shock" and "Pinocchio". The group was even ranked number 7 in Billboard's list of "Top 10 K-pop Girl Groups of the Past Decade". F(x) was known for their unique, electro-pop sound, being one of the pioneers in this genre for K-pop.
The group disbanded in 2016 as members went on to pursue their individual careers. Amber is the second member in f(x) to leave, with the first being Sulli in August 2015.
Amber penned a handwritten note in both English and Korean to make an official statement regarding her leaving SM Entertainment.
Read the full letter below: