April 5, 2018 - Wada Ayaka to graduate from ANGERME and Hello! Project in spring 2019
On April 5, Wada Ayaka, the current leader of ANGERME and Hello! Project, announced on her blog that she would graduate one year from now at the end of ANGERME's 2019 spring tour.
Wada has discussed graduating since last year, and this year she became set on the decision. She wants to continue working as an idol after she graduates and express herself through not only singing and dancing, but in various other ways.
On March 30, 2018, an update on the status of their group and section was posted on the official Hello! Project website. Ichioka Reina will lead a "performance group" that aims to elevate singing and dancing through physical expression. Takase Kurumi and Kiyono Momohime will form a group with the image of a "small theater troupe" that uses expressive power and theatrical elements in their singing and dancing.
An audition for new members to join either of the two groups will open in late April. Members may also be selected from Hello Pro Kenshuusei. Both groups are expected to begin independent and joint activities between the summer and fall.
For the past year, she has been studying for entrance exams while working. She was recently accepted into a junior college, which she will begin attending in April. However, she will face the difficulty of balancing idol activities and college due her having lectures every weekday from morning to evening. As she also plans to transfer to a four-year university afterwards, she has made the decision to graduate from Morning Musume to focus on her studies.