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Joel Choo, 26, announced over the weekend that he will not be renewing his contract with Mediacorp after four years with the company.

"I've got a new journey ahead of me but acting and music will definitely be something I will continue to pursue for a long time to come.” he wrote in an Instagram post announcing his decision. 

Joel's dad, Mediacorp artiste Zhu Houren, 66, also made a separate post on his own Instagram, expressing his support for his son. 

“After your child grows up, it’s just like flying a kite, the more you fly it, the higher it’ll soar. And when they turn back to look at us, we’ve [somehow] become smaller and smaller. We might still be able to accompany them for a while more… but those who’ll be with them forever are their friends, their other halves. As parents, we have to learn how to let go… 

Joel has never disappointed us, [I’m certain] that he has made his decision after much thought and consideration. Dad… wants to become an old man who’s sensible,” he wrote in his caption.

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