23-year-old LDH vocalist Sayaka Shionoya has decided to retire from the entertainment industry.
The signer announced her decision to retire on May 18 through her official website.
"I've worried about it a lot, and thought things through thoroughly, and have decided to retire from the entertainment industry," Shionoya said.
The announcement was unexpected and caught fans by surprise. A vague reason for her decision to retire was given.
"I feel like I've done what I want to do in the entertainment industry. As a woman, and not as an artist, the desire to start a new life has gotten stronger," she said.
Shionoya thanked her fans for their support throughout her career. She apologized for the suddenness of her announcement, but asked fans to be understanding.