℃-ute member Mai Hagiwara has announced that following the group's disbandment on June 12, she will be retiring from the entertainment industry completely.
After the group disbands, Hagiwara plans on travelling abroad and studying English.
"I want to experience different cultures, and grow by living by myself. So, the first thing I want to do short term is go abroad and study English," Hagiwara said.
Hagiwara said she was nervous about living alone for the first time, but will take life's challenges one step at a time.
Although she has decided to leave the entertainment industry, Hagiwara still expressed thankfulness for her time with ℃-ute, being an idol, and all the fans who have supported her throughout the years.
℃-ute is a Hello! Project group that formed in 2005. Hagiwara has been a member of the group since its formation.
The group will be holding it final live at Saitama Super Arena on June 12. Following the concert, the group will disband.