[caption id="attachment_217590" align="aligncenter" width="501" caption="Left: Hirajima Natsumi, Right: Yonezawa Rumi"][/caption]
AKB48's official blog has announced that both Hirajima Natsumi (Team B, Watarirouka Hashiritai 7) and Yonezawa Rumi (Team K) will be leaving the group.
Below are the messages from Hirajima and Yonezawa on the official blog.
"I, Hirajima Natsumi, have decided to withdraw from AKB48 and Watarirouka Hashiritai. I'm sorry for this sudden announcement.
I am terribly sorry for making all this trouble for everybody.
All of you who have always cheered for me, the members, and the staff members, everybody who is involved in AKB48, I am truly sorry.
Though I'm leaving AKB48 and Watarirouka Hashiritai, I will try my best as Hirajima Natsumi to be able to see you all, and to be able to receive your support someday again, from here on.
I am very sorry."
"I, Yonazawa Rumi, have decided to withdraw from AKB48's activities as of today.
I'm sorry for this sudden announcement.
Now, I'm have feelings of both gratitude and apologies for all of you who have been supporting me up until now.
Thank you very much for these past 5 years.
I've always received great support from all of you this whole time.
From now on, I will continue my activities as an individual.
I apologize for making all the trouble for the members, the fans, and AKB48.
I am terribly sorry."
The reason(s) why they decided to leave the group were not revealed, however, recently, their private photos (including photos taken with guys) have been leaked on the internet through their private Twitter accounts and many are speculating that this could be the reason.
Source: AKB48 official blog
Image: AKB48 official site
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