There is a possibility that LOONA will be active in Japan instead of Korea, as a full 12-member group including Chuu.
On February 2nd, SBS reported that Japanese label Universal Japan is refining a plan to exercise exclusive rights over the members of girl group LOONA. Universal Japan is an investment company for LOONA, and it is known that their plan also includes the activities of former member Chuu.
Meanwhile, back in November of last year, LOONA’s agency Blockberry Creative announced that it had removed Chuu from the group after the female idol became “verbally abusive” towards staff members.
Regarding this accusation, Chuu claimed that she has “never done anything that would embarrass fans”.
After Chuu’s exit, on November 28th, 2022, other members of LOONA (excluding Vivi and Hyunjin), also filed a lawsuit for contract termination due to the collapse of mutual trust with Blockberry Creative.
Later, on January 13th, 2023, the 1st Civil Division of the Seoul Northern District Court ruled in favor of 4 members, including Heejin, JinSoul, Choerry, and Kim Lip, while the remaining 5 members, Haseul, Yeojin, Yves, Gowon, and Olivia Hye lost.
In December of last year, Blockberry submitted a petition to the Korea Entertainment Management Association to ban Chuu from participating in entertainment activities. In particular, Blockberry claimed that Chuu violated her management contract in order to sign with By4M Studio. The agency has also asked to ban Heejin, JinSoul, Choerry, and Kim Lip, who won their lawsuit, from further entertainment activities.
Regarding this, on February 2nd, Chuu posted a statement on her personal Instagram, calling claims from Blockberry “slanderous articles based on false information”.