Former AOA Member Shin Jimin is coming back to the entertainment industry.
On July 14, an agency called ALO MALO Entertainment released a statement to announce they have signed a contract with Shin Jimin.
Jimin relayed her thoughts through her new agency and said, “I have had a lot of thoughts and spent a lot of time to reflect on my past. I still feel cautious but I plan to move forward one step at a time. Please watch over my future activities.”
In July of 2020, Jimin left AOA and retired from the entertainment industry after being accused of bullying by fellow member Kwon Mina. Since then, there has been a great deal of speculation and debate about the reality of what took place and while netizens were initially on Mina’s side, the tide shifted in September of 2021 when past conversations between the AOA members resurfaced and painted Mina in a bad light.
In January of 2022, FNC Entertainment revealed their contract with Jimin had expired and she chose not to renew. In early 2022, Jimin surprised her fans by celebrating her birthday with an unexpected gift, she dropped a new song called “Suddenly” along with her first Instagram post since her departure from the group.
She has since returned to social media and was seen out and about.