Jinni from NMIXX is leaving the girl group and JYP entertainment but what happened, what has been said, and will the group carry on without her?
On December 9, 2022, JYP Entertainment, one of South Korea’s biggest entertainment conglomerates, announced Jinni would be leaving girl group NMIXX because of “personal circumstances.”
The group originally consisted of seven members – Jinni, Lily, Sullyoon, Haewon, Jiwoo, Kyujin and BAE.
Here’s everything we know about what happened to Jinni and the future of NMIXX.
JYP announces Jinni’s departure from NMIXX
The news that Jinni had left the relatively new girl group was broken by Soompi and the Korean pop culture site included JYP Entertainment’s statement.
JYP explained Jinni would be leaving both the agency and the company due to “personal circumstances” but the group would carry out all their scheduled activities as a “six-member group.”
The statement continued: “We ask that you give lots of encouragement to Jinni, who will be walking a new path, and we also ask that NSWER [NMIXX’s fans] give their warm support to the six members who will continue to grow and race towards their dreams.”
No more information about the reasons for Jinni’s departure or what her plans might entail were given.
NMIXX’s rise to fame
NMIXX only came on to the K-pop scene at the beginning of 2022 but hit the ground running and have enjoyed huge success in such a short time.
Their debut single, Ad Mare, was released in February 2022 and went on to reach number 35 on Spotify’s most globally streamed K-pop songs of 2022.
Within months of their debut, the group had already performed abroad, at the KCON 2020 premiere in Chicago, and graced the stage at the 2022 MAMA Awards.
Jinni’s K-pop history
Jinni, real name Choi Yun Jin, was born on April 16, 2004 and hails from Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea.
She reportedly trained with JYP for six years before her career was launched with NMIXX, and was first spotted by fans at the JYP Trainee Showcase in 2016, Koreaboo reports.
The K-pop star also featured in Nichkhun from 2PM’s Lucky Charm music video in 2019.
Along with Kyujin and Jiwoo, Jinni danced to Cardi B song Press in a video JYP published in August 2021 in the lead-up to the official launch of NMIXX.
Fans react to news of Jinni leaving NMIXX
NMIXX fans are devastated by the news of Jinni’s departure from the rookie girl group and confused by how abrupt it has been.
Some have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment and concern for Jinni and the remaining members of the group.
One fan described themself as “heartbroken” by the news:
Another appeared to be shocked to hear of Jinni’s departure:
This fan pointed out Jinni’s talent and the fact she trained for six years with JYP but has left the agency just months after her group’s debut: