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Amid the group’s internal turmoil regarding member Hwa-young allegedly being treated as an outcast, T-ara’s agency, Core Contents Media, has announced that the company is cancelling its contract with Hwa-young.

Core Contents Media C.E.O Kim Kwang-soo said in a press release Monday that the firm has decided to force Hwa-young to drop out from further T-ara activities, supported by the gathered opinions of the agency’s 19 staffs including make-up artists, managers and stylists.

“When an individual from a group stands out or do something unexpected, it changes the color of the team and all members begin to fall apart,” Kim said in the statement, stressing that the decision has no relevance with looming rumors about other T-ara members bullying Hwa-young.

While leaving out the detailed information about why the officials are pushing the youngest member out of the group, Kim explained that the decisive measure is for T-ara’s future and for them to survive in the music industry.

About 40 minutes after the firm released the statement, Hwa-young tweeted her feelings on her official Twitter account saying, “Nothing but the truth….”

The bullying scandal of Hwa-young began on the day of T-ara’s concert at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan on July 25. The member failed to take part in the show due to her leg injury, except when singing “DAY BY DAY” while sitting on a chair.

After T-ara finished their concert without Hwa-young, members including Eunjung began to tweet ambiguous messages that stress “the importance of one’s will.”

Hwa-young also posted a message on her Twitter account saying, “Some things are too much to overcome just with one’s will. Whenever this happens, I feel sad but on the other hand, I believe that this is all God’s will. God, you know everything right?”

The rumor grew bigger as Hwa-young’s fans and other online users began to collect and post past variety show clips showing the members’ rude behaviors toward who is now a former member of T-ara.

The C.E.O ended the statement saying that he feels sorry for rest of the members for the recent controversy and hope the best for Hwa-young to grow as a great rapper.

T-ara first made their debut as a six member group in 2009. In July 2011, Core Contents Media announced that there will be a refreshment in the lineup and Hwa-young joined in December that year.

Now composed of Jiyeon, Qri, Eunjung, Hyomin, Boram and Soyeon, the group will be revamping the lineup again later this year by adding two more members, Dani and Areum.

Lee Tae-ho (myenclaves@10asia.co.kr) contributed to this article.

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