Update: Nam Gyuri has denied today that what MNet had said yesterday about her leaving SeeYa isn’t true. She is just leaving the group temporarily to concentrate on her solo activities. Just smart to create publicity yesterday and then leaving herself a way back into SeeYa should her solo career flop.
Both Chae Dong Ha and Nam Gyuri were both once in the same company and were leaders of SG Wannabe and SeeYa respectively. And so it seems natural that Gyuri would in time follow the same path as Chae Dong Ha.
News of her departure broke today and was confirmed by her management, MNet that Nam Gyuri would leave SeeYa and become a solo artiste instead. She had participated in the OST recording for her debut movie “Gosa” on 12th July.
Nam Gyuri debuted in 2006 with SeeYa together with Lee Boram and Kim Yeon Ji. They were labelled as the female version of SG Wannabe because they were trained by SG Wannabe and sang the same genre of songs.
She was caught in a wardrobe malfunction controversy in 2006 when her right breast was exposed while SeeYa was performing Beyonce’s hit “Crazy in Love”. The pictures spread like wildfire over the internet although some viewed it as a publicity stunt. This however raised her profile even higher than before.
During the course of filming “Gosa”, Nam Gyuri had receive many acting offers with some even asking her to quit singing totally. Although she rejected the offers then, but after discussions with her management, she decided to become a solo artiste and leave the group temporarily.
As this is her debut movie and song, famous composer, Cho Young Soo was roped in for the soundtrack and Nam Gyuri’s sad ballad will fit in with the movie theme of anger and sadness.