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Babymetal announce Yuimetal’s departure, release new single

By | Published on Monday 22 October 2018


Babymetal have confirmed that band member Yuimetal has left the group, following an absence of several months.

The first fans knew of the singer’s absence came when she did not appear at shows on a US tour in May this year. Speaking to Alternative Press, the band’s US management company said at the time: “Yuimetal remains a member of the band, but she is not on this current US tour”.

However, with a Japanese tour set to commence tomorrow, the band have now confirmed that she will not be returning, citing poor health.

“Yuimetal had expressed her desire to return [to] performing with the group”, reads a statement. “During her absence, both [bandmates] Su-metal and Moametal, as well as the entire team, had been preparing for her awaited return”.

“However”, the statement then goes on, “Yuimetal [has now come] to a decision that she will not be performing at the Babymetal World Tour 2018 in Japan and that she will no longer be a part of Babymetal. We thank her for all of her contributions and wish her all the best in her future endeavours”.

The band then said that the upcoming shows “will mark a rebirth in which Su-metal and Moametal form the core of Babymetal”. As they made this announcement, they also released a new single called ‘Starlight’: