Sun-mi of Korea's top girl band Wonder Girls is to take a break from show business in March and go back to school. The 18-year old will be seamlessly replaced by Hyelim, who has been trained up in the JYP Entertainment stable for the past three years. She is reportedly fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
"After long deliberation and discussion among Sun-mi and her family, the members of Wonder Girls, and the company, we finally concluded that Sun-mi will quit as a member of Wonder Girls and return to Korea and to school," JYP said in a press release. "The company will support her return to show business if she wishes to do so after going to university."
It quoted Sun-mi as saying, "I'm coming home after wrapping up a year of activities in the United States in February. I would like to resume my career in show business after becoming a university student. Being on stage and touring 50 cities in the U.S. in the past year was a happy and valuable experience, but I'm not sure I can continue to live like this in the future."
She reportedly told the agency that she would like to take dancing and singing lessons with the company to prepare her comeback.