K-pop idols who left their active groups and promoted as solo

You might have felt the ups and downs of being a fan of idol groups. Their amazing performances, catchy music, and impressive looks can easily win anyone over. But what happens when our favorite idol decides to leave the group? It can be tough to understand, but there are reasons behind their choice.

One of the reasons why K-pop idols leave their groups is because they want a normal life. With them being in the spotlight all the time, having no privacy. Some idols struggle with the immense pressure and attention that fame brings. They just want to be like everyone else, without so many people judging them.

Scandals, like bullying, drug use, dating controversies, and alike, are another reason K-pop idols leave their groups. In the world of K-pop, even small mistakes can become big problems, causing stress and harming the idol's career and their group's reputation. When this happens, some idols choose to leave their groups to escape the constant attention and get a fresh start. 

From juicy scandals to the desire for a regular life, K-pop stars have found all sorts of reasons to break free from their groups. Some waved goodbye to the glitz and glam, while others embraced a fresh start.

It's sad to see them leave their original groups, but it's important to support their choices and celebrate their growth as people and artists. Luckily, these idols keep going with their careers even after leaving their original K-pop groups.

Here are some of the noteworthy K-pop idols who left their active groups and eventually promoted as solo: 


 © Highline Entertainment

In October 2019, Wonho officially announced that he was leaving his group, MONSTA X. In September 2020, Wonho made his solo debut under a new agency called Highline Entertainment, a subsidiary of his former home, Starship Entertainment. 


© IOK Company

iKON’s leader B.I. decided to leave the group and YG Entertainment in June 2019. In 2020, he became part of IOK Company as an executive director. In June 2021, B.I made his official solo debut. 



Dawn made his debut as part of the Cube Entertainment boy group PENTAGON. In 2018, Cube Entertainment canceled its contract with Dawn after his dating controversy with HyunA. In January 2019, Dawn moved to P Nation together with HyunA. After three years, Dawn left the agency. Fast forward to January of this year, Dawn decided to be part of AT AREA, founded by the producing duo GroovyRoom.


© Initial Entertainment

In August 2017, it was revealed that Hoya’s 7-year contract with Woollim Entertainment officially expired. Hoya did not renew his contract and officially left his group INFINITE and Woollim Entertainment. In March 2018, Hoya made his solo debut. Currently, he is active both as a soloist and an actor.

Jay Park 


In 2009, Jay Park personally announced that he would be leaving his group 2 PM. He even left Korea on the same day he announced his departure from the group. In 2010, Jay Park returned to Korea. He made his solo debut in July of the same year and the rest is history. Currently, he is the CEO of the MORE VISION agency while also being active as a singer.


© SM Entertainment

Sulli officially left her group f(x) in August 2015. In 2014, Sulli was on hiatus and did not participate in any f(x) activities. A year later, she eventually left the group. Although she was no longer part of f(x), she remained in the agency and pursued her solo career as an actress and a singer. 

Jessica Jung

© Coridel Entertainment

In September 2014, Jessica Jung shocked the public by revealing that she was kicked out of her group Girls Generation. SM Entertainment’s side then stated that Jessica Jung would no longer be part of the group because of conflicts of differences in priorities and interests. In 2015, SM Entertainment and Jessica Jung officially announced that the Girls Generation member’s contract had been terminated. Jessica Jung then signed under Coridel Entertainment and made her official solo debut in May 2016.


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