On September 26, TS Entertainment has announced that Sunhwa has decided not to renew her contract with the label. They also announced that the group would continue as a three-member group with its remaining members Hyosung, Jieun, and Hana.
Following the news of her departure from the girl group, Sunhwa then took to her Instagram account to reveal her thoughts. She writes:
“Hello, this is Han Sunhwa. To all of my Secretime fans, who encourage me and gave me energy, I am greeting you all with a more careful heart than before. First off, I would like to thank everyone for the great love and interest during the seven years as a member of SECRET. I am glad and grateful that we were able to cry and laugh together.
As I look back, I was able to achieve great things with others – things that I would not have been able to do alone during a time which I did not know anything, but I gained an unbelievable amount of love and interest. It was a tough decision to make. I feel sorry and sad. I will treasure all of the precious memories. The passion which I have poured out till now, I will continue to pour them out for the coming days. While it may seem that I am unqualified and immature for this new start, no matter where I go, I would become someone who works hard to repay the encouragement from everyone silently. I genuinely thank everyone who was with me up till now, the TS family, the members and the fans.”