Sun Mi (or Mimi) is leaving Korean pop group Wonder Girls, at least temporarily, to continue her studies back in Korea. The 17-year-old will take an indefinite break after wrapping up the activities in the US by late February.
The Wonder Girls have spent the past year expanding their career in America (with decent success), but it’s apparent that Sun Mi couldn’t adapt well to the environment, with her tearful interview in late 2009 fresh in many fans’ mind.
It’s not shocking that the decision was made considering the fact that JYP Entertainment is not planning to halt their oversea activities anytime soon. And with the big plans in China etc. coming up, the girls will have to start all over again in other foreign places, which is probably too demanding for the teenager.
There’s also suggestions that Sun Mi was worried about her post-entertainment career without a college degree; she hasn’t finished high school to begin with.
The company is playing down the news that it’s a temporarily leave, but seeing that they have already lined up a new member, Hye-rim, to fill in the void… the chances of Sun Mi coming back don’t look that good. She might return as an entertainer at some point, but not likely as part of the group again imo.
Best wishes to Sun Mi regardless of what her future endeavour would be; best of luck to the new member and the rest of the Wonder Girls.