It has been revealed that Jiyoung left for London to study abroad with the expiration of her contract with DSP Media.
DSP Media released a statement on the 5th to update fans and announce that their contract with the idol has expired, according to allkpop.com.
"Hello, this is DSP Media.
"After Jiyoung revealed her intent to study abroad in January, she had been on a break and had been preparing to study abroad, and has now departed for London on Friday morning to take language and acting classes.
"With this, Jiyoung's contract with DSP Media has expired.
"We respect Jiyoung's wishes to stand on her own and we send our support and encouragement for her new challenge."
"In the meantime, KARA's Gyuri, Seungyeon, and Hara are focusing on their individual activities in various broadcasting fields like acting, variety, and emceeing, and are planning to release an album later this year.
"We ask that you give the KARA members, who are carrying out a variety of activities, as well as Jiyoung your unchanging support and love."
Meanwhile, Nicole is currently in the States to train for a possible solo debut as she takes on various lessons and training.