It was announced today by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) that popular member Ash will leave MNL48 due to personal reasons.
The idol shared this message to her fans:
“Hello everyone, this may be the end of my MNL48 journey, but this is only the start of my journey through life with all of you. I am thankful for all the experiences I gained throughout a year and a half together. It will be the memories I will treasure forever.
“I would like to thank everyone at HHE and AKS for taking the chance and for believing in what the girls can offer. Thank you for making MNL48 a reality, and for the opportunity for us to grow.
“To the members, keep on keeping on. Show your best smiles, and always stay strong for each other. To the fans, thank you for all your support. Please continue to send love to the girls and to each other.”
Ashley Cloud Garcia was part of MNL48’s first generation eventually being assigned to Team L. She has one of the largest fanbase in the group, comprised mainly of long-time Japanese idol fans. She was one of the reasons why Back2Gaming’s recently ended MNL48 blog “MNL48 Weekly” was made, and whose final entry was a piece dedicated to her on her 21st birthday.
Her graduation stage is set for September 15.