Starship Entertainment has parted ways with WJSN members Luda, Dawon, Xuanyi, Chengxiao, and Meiqi after their contracts expired.
On March 3, Starship released a statement announcing the departure of WJSN members Luda and Dawon, as well as inactive Chinese members Xuanyi, Chengxiao, and Meiqi, from the agency.
“Starship Entertainment recently renewed the contracts of the eight members Exy, Seola, Bona, Soobin, Eunseo, Yeoreum, Dayoung, and Yeonjung of our artist agency WJSN,” the agency said, according to Soompi.
“We have been in deep and honest discussions for a long time with members Luda and Dawon, but unfortunately our exclusive contracts. [con Luda y Dawon] they will come to an end. We are very grateful for the great efforts and commitment that Luda and Dawon have shown so far,” Starship added.
The agency revealed that members Xuanyi, Chengxiao, and Meiqi, who joined WJSN through Starship’s partnership with Chinese entertainment agency Yuehua Entertainment, would also be leaving the group. All three have not received a promotion with WJSN since 2018.
However, it is currently unclear if Luda and Dawon have also left WJSN following their departure from Starship Entertainment.
The girl group’s most recent release was the July 2022 single album “Last Sequence,” which followed their success at kingdom 2 weeks before. All ten Korean members participated in the launch.
WJSN debuted in 2016 as a 12-member group with their first mini-album “Are you want?”. Singer and youngest member Yeonjung, who was part of the project girl group IOI at the time, joined WJSN later that year, and released three mini-albums and one studio album as a 13-member group.
In 2018, members Xuanyi and Meiqi participated in the Chinese version of the reality competition series Produce 101, eventually joining the project girl group Rocket Girls 101 for two years.
At the same time, Chengxiao started shooting the Chinese drama Legend of Awakening, which led to the withdrawal of all three members from WJSN. Since then, each of them has devoted themselves to their own music and performing in China.