YUIMETAL has officially left Japanese Kawaii-metal behemoth BABYMETAL.
Following the release of the band's newest single 'Starlight' over the weekend, BABYMETAL announced via its official website that YUIMETAL had officially left the band. In the announcement, the band stated that Yui will not be returning to the band despite previously expressing her desire to join the band once again after a year-long hiatus due to health concerns. Ultimately, Yui came to a decision that the band should move on without her as she explores a solo career under her real name, Mizuno Yui.
Yui has also released a statement, explaining her decision to leave the band. Check out her statement below.
To all the fans,
I am truly sorry for the inconvenience I have caused so many people due to being absent for an extended period of time. I have mulled over this over and over again but, I have decided to leave Babymetal at this time.
I feel very sorry that my decision will disturb the other members and some many fans who have supported Babymetal. I am further terribly sorry to sadden the fans who have supported Babymetal. I had the strong desire to appear on stage again but my physical condition is not at its best even now, and further I feel that I would like to pursue my dream, one that I have had from a long time ago, of going on my own as Mizuno Yui. It is these factors that led to my decision.
I am thankful for the numerous and precious experiences I was able to have being a part of Babymetal. I always felt day to day that I was truly blessed. The live shows where we all smiled together and became as One were truly happy and enjoyable times. I will do my utmost best to be able to again one day meet all of you as Mizuno Yui.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the last 8 years.
BABYMETAL will carry forward with its two core members SU-METAL and MOAMETAL and will proceed with its upcoming performances in Singapore and more in December.
BABYMETAL is set to perform with Judas Priest in Singapore at Zepp@BigBox on 4 December 2018. Get your tickets here.
In the meantime, check out the music video for BABYMETAL's 'Starlight' below.