I don’t think anyone saw this coming, Rei has announced her withdraw from The Idol Formerly Known As LADYBABY. There are probably quite a few folks out there who feel this way or that way about it and that is fine. I am just here with the facts. So here we go.
Management at the LADYBABY PROJECT released a statement, in general rough (very rough) terms it says:
Kuromiya Rei has been on hiatus with throat troubles. In the statement from management it says that they were considering stopping the nation wide【TOUR 2017『邂逅』】due to her throat issues because it had become more difficult for her to continue with all the needed activities. Management was able to keep the tour going after repeated talks and have been waiting for her condition to improve. In the end they accepted her withdrawal, they did mention that it was a tough decision. They stated that all activity will stop and the rest of the tour will be canceled. Information on ticket refunds will be announced on the website at a later date. They then say that the future of The Idol Formerly Known As LADYBABY will be announced at a later date.
Kuromiya Rei also released a statement that roughly said this:
She regrets to announce that the national 【TOUR 2017『邂逅』】 is canceled and that the throat condition she is suffering has gotten worse. She said it was a tough decision to make but that she didn’t want to affect her voice anymore. She then goes on to say that she has decided to withdrawal from the group and states something to the effect that there was a difference in direction and that she might not be suitable for idol performance anymore. She wanted more freedom.
Kaneko Rie also released a statement which is roughly:
She is pretty much at a crossroads and does not know which way to go. She said she will need some time to think about her future. Does she want to try and continue with The Idol Formerly Known As LADYBABY solo? Should she quit as well? She will have an answer at a later date.
Here is a link if you want to translate it yourself: The Idol Formerly Known As LADYBABY announcement.
As for Kuromiya Rei’s other group, BRATS, from what I have been told, it will continue.
And there you have it, not really much more to say about the situation.
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