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  Arihara Kanna leaves Hello!Project  
  Hello!Project Written by Kuno & epifanes , updated: 15:50, 10-Jul 2009  

It was announced today on the official Hello!Project website that original °C-ute member Arihara Kanna would be leaving H!P. Here's the official statement:


We would like to announce that Arihara Kanna is leaving °C-ute and Hello!Project as of 09.07.2009. Arihara worked hard after she joined Hello!Project in the 2004 audition, joined °C-ute in 2006, and as their member, she had a major debut the year after.

As you know, she stopped appearing on the stage since February this year, due to the bunion, and now she has decided to leave °C-ute and Hello!Project and return back to the life of a normal girl.

We are very sorry to bring such unexpected news, but we hope you will keep supporting °C-ute in the future.


It was announced back in February 2009 that Kanna would be taking leave from all group activities due to hallux valgus, or bunion deformity. °C-ute immediately carried on without her, and she was absent from concerts and all °C-ute singles and photoshoots. Fans grew suspicious as the reported recovery time for hallux valgus is usually six to eight weeks, yet she has been gone for well over four months.

This is not official, but an inside source tells Hello!Online that there was more at play here. Firstly, it had been long rumored that Kanna had a boyfriend, which is forbidden in her contract. But our source also indicates that there were new images including Kanna that put Up-Front Agency management in a tough position.

These photos apparently surfaced just recently (within the last week or so). To be clear: we're NOT referring to the previously-published magazine photos, but brand-new private photos.


It's possible UFA knew more about Kanna's situation before the "bunion" story came out and quickly removed Kanna from the public eye.

So was there actually a bunion problem? Perhaps we'll never know. What is certain is that Arihara Kanna's time in Hello!Project has come to an abrupt end.

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