Barbie Ferreira, who played fan-favorite Kat Hernandez, will not return for Euphoria season 3.
She announced the sad news of her departure on her Instagram Story, where she wrote a heartfelt message alongside a fanart photo of Kat.
The moving post read: “After four years of playing Kat’s most special and enigmatic character, I have to say goodbye with tears in my eyes.
“I hope many of you can see yourself in her like me and that she will bring you joy to see her journey to the character she is today. I put all my care and my love in her and I hope you can feel it. Love you Katherine Hernandez.
Kat was best friends with Maddie Perez (Alexa Demie) and Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney) and had a significant history of body positivity in Euphoria season 1.
However, fans wondered what happened to Kat in Euphoria season 2 after receiving a lack of script and seeming to be pushed to the background, due to its sparse scenes and lines.
It was a stark contrast to her character arc from the previous season and the development she had on screen, which saw her become more confident in her body and sexuality.
Rumors then surfaced that there was tension between Barbie and series director Sam Levinson during production, but she quashed those speculations in an interview with Initiated (opens in a new tab).
She said: “I really think the fans are really passionate and I appreciate that because Euphoria really touched so many people.
“Sometimes things take on a life of their own, and they’re not rooted in truth, but that’s okay because I know it’s just out of passion and curiosity and all that good stuff. And I signed up for that So I’ll take it, I’ll take the good and the bad.