Former Sakura Gakuin member Yamaide Aiko has left AMUSE.
Yamaide started her career in May of 2012 after passing the audition to play the role of 'Amelie,' the character in the American Home Direct Ad. She joined Sakura Gakuin in 2013 and served as their Student Council President in 2017. After graduating from the group, she had been active as a singer-songwriter. She made her solo debut with the single "Smile" in 2018, then released numerous songs such as "Choice" and "Pierce."
On leaving AMUSE, Yamaide commented, "I have made a Choice in order to find what I want to be. I will continue to do my best without forgetting these grateful feelings. I will take a break from my music activities and challenge myself to things I haven't been able to do until now." She continued to express, "I am very glad to have met everyone who have supported me until now. I will always be under the same sky. It would make me happy if you would look forward to the day we will be able to see the same scenery again."
Although she will be taking a break from music, Yamaide will continue to update her Twitter and Instagram accounts. However, her LINE and TikTok accounts will close on April 30, then her official website will shut down on June 30. Finally, her YouTube channel will be available until October 15.