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Singer Cho Min-ah to close down bakery

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Updated : September 12 2018

Cho Min-ah, formerly of K-pop group Jewelry, said she will close her bakery in Hongdae, Seoul, in two months after a controversy-filled five-year stint.

“Just two more months before Cho Min-ah Atelier shop in Hongdae closes,” the singer-turned-baker said in a recent Instagram post.

“I’ve been busy sending my banana pudding across the country by post and thought I almost forgot about it.

"But seeing myself bursting into tears goes to show that five years (as a baker) wasn’t a short time,” Cho added, citing “health reasons” for her decision to close the bakery.

Her five-year stint as a baker had no shortage of controversy.

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(Cho Min-ah)
A photo of her “Strawberry Tree” cake went viral in 2015 after the cake’s shoddy appearance and surprisingly high price tag left online commentators in disbelief.

Her handmade yokan, a jellied dessert that originates from Japan, was priced at nearly 10,000 won ($8.90), drawing criticism and keeping her name in the headlines.

She also faced criticism after she posted a picture of her bread and claimed it to be organic, which later was found not certified.

In a separate post Wednesday afternoon, she said it became harder to offer her baking courses as her health had deteriorated over time, as she experienced pain in the neck, the arms, the legs and the back.

Cho, 34, told her followers that having decided to quit what she used to do for as much as 20 hours a day feels scary.

She hinted that she will take on a new challenge after the closure of her bakery, but fell short of details for now.

By Yim Hyun-su (hyunsu@heraldcorp.com)

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