Welp, seems that Maho decided to leave ANGERME and H!P - http://helloproject.com/news/7975/
Posted 31 December 2017 - 03:43 AM
Aw, Maho. She sounds so sad in her announcement, she truly did want to come back but her disorder is just still not there yet. I hope she will find peace and happiness, especially now that she is starting to be able to get out more often.
Someone on H!O requested a translation, so I translated Maho's part of the announcement in her own words:
It's me, Aikawa Maho.It's been a long time, everyone.It's been eleven months since I took a break from my activities due to my panic disorder.Because I'm almost finally recovering, and the frequencies of the attacks lessened,this spring, I was able to start attending university again.I'm so sorry for worrying and causing you all trouble.This time, I have decided to graduate from both Hello! Project and ANGERME.The reason why is because I'm very fearful of things returning to the state I was in before, when I'd have attacks during my activities.Because no one can know the timing of when the symptoms would occur,I believe the other members and the staff were at a loss for how to best support me.Due to this illness not having an easily established complete recovery, I'm not able to make what they call a "complete recovery and comeback."More than that, I just can't worry everyone, make everyone wait, or trouble my members anymore, and, thinking of things further down the line, the result was me deciding on this path of graduation.After announcing my illness, I thought I should become a little bit of strength for the other people who struggle with the same thing I do, or other illnesses, after hearing their stories.Joining ANGERME from the Kenshuusei,getting to stand on the same stage with the same S/mileage I had so adored,and getting to meet all of you fans has made me truly happy.I received so much warmth from everyone at handshake events despite having been a Kenshuusei for such a short period of time.I'd receive a lot of comments on my blog updates, and always looked forward to reading them.I'm truly grateful for everyone who supported me despite being inexperienced in singing and dancing.I'm sorry I couldn't directly talk to any of you from the time of the announcement of break until this here announcement.I'm so very happy for the time I got to spend performing as a part of ANGERME.I'm truly thankful for everything.-Aikawa Maho
Posted 31 December 2017 - 05:13 AM
Posted 31 December 2017 - 11:46 AM
Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:00 PM
Unsure if any of the other girls posted about it.
Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:25 PM
Posted 18 January 2018 - 03:51 PM
I honestly keep ignoring and consequently forgetting this news. ;_;
Posted 18 January 2018 - 04:43 PM
I'm not surprised at all at this news, but it's sad nonetheless. I would much rather she had managed to recover and return to performing. I really liked her.
Did UpFront provide a therapist at all? I'm guessing no, since that doesn't appear to be part of their organizational model. Would it hurt to hire someone to serve that function when needed?
Here's a shot of her from the end of the Girls Live episode I watched on my first Friday night in Japan nearly two years ago:
Posted 18 January 2018 - 06:58 PM
The news got lost in the 2017 news thead. Could someone move the few posts over to this thread?