2NE1’s disbandment shocked Kpop fans with many who loved the groundbreaking Kpop girl group still trying to come to terms with the fact that Dara, CL, Minzy, and Park Bom will never make music together again.
— HERE FOR 2NE1♡ (@8dbom) November 25, 2016
Many 2NE1 fans are asking one main question: why?
2NE1 is your
highest digital selling GG
2nd highest earner in YG
— YG Family (@ygent__officiaI) November 27, 2016
According to the official statement from the group’s agency, YG Entertainment 2NE1’s disbanding had a lot to do with the fact that one member, Minzy, had already permanently left the group of her own accord.
“As of May 2016, 2NE1’s exclusive contract with YG was over and seeing as Minzy was longer able to continue with the group, YG, along with the members, have decided to officially disband 2NE1 after many discussions,” the statement read, as translated by Koreaboo.
Hello, this is Minzy. It is with a sincere heart that I write to you all. First, I would like to apologize to all those who expressed shock at the news of my departure. It is after careful consideration and much deliberation that I have decided to pursue a new journey as an artist named Minzy Kong. Ever since debuting with 2NE1 at the young age of 16, I have been grateful for the wonderful memories I shared with incredible fans worldwide. These experiences were undeniably precious and I take none of them for granted. Thank you all for helping me grow as an artist. I promise to work even harder to return before you all with an improved and more honest version of myself. Through a renewed vision and hard work, I hope to reciprocate the love, dedication, and support that you have shown me. Thank you to all the fans, family, and friends who have shown me their love and concern. I promise to return soon. love, Minzy
YG citing Minzy’s departure as a reason for 2NE1’s disbandment is interesting because, as Inquisitr previously reported, when Minzy made her announcement they said that 2NE1 would not disband. At the time the plan was for them to continue making music and performing as a trio.
Here’s what YG had to say at the time.
“Last January, we had individual face-to-face talks with each member regarding renewing their contracts and showed our desire for the group to reform. Unfortunately, Gong Minzy did not feel the same.”
So what happened to that “desire for the group to reform,” they expressed six months ago?
2NE1 fans, officially known as Blackjacks, are placing the blame for the disbandment not on the members of the group but on YG Entertainment. Many are using the hashtag “#Justicefor2NE1” to express their dissatisfaction.
YG this disbandment has many unexplained incidents so you better clear it up aka take Bom back and make 2NE1 a group again #JusticeFor2NE1
— Mari | #BJsWant2NE1 (@fuzzybaek) November 27, 2016
2NE1 disbanding is so disturbing. I feel like they’ve been played dirty by YG. Especially with friends of 2NE1 speaking out it looks a messy
— Cecie (@LeCecie) November 27, 2016
As Koreaboo notes, Minzy made the announcement that she was leaving the group via Instagram in April of this year. There’s been lots of speculation as to why she decided to part ways with a group that she’s been in for seven years.
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As Inquisitr previously reported, Minzy’s decision not to renew her contract with YG could have had a lot to do with her not getting the support she wanted for her solo efforts.
so Minzy didnt left 2NE1, she actually left YG #JusticeFor2NE1
— xspacewitch (@NurFarahMusa) November 27, 2016
Minzy’s solo efforts paled in comparison to the other members of 2NE1, and that could have been attributed to a lack of support from the agency.
As for the other members of the girl group, Sandra Park will continue to work with YG but as an actress. CL, 2NE1’s leader, re-signed with YG as well but she is aggressively pursuing success in the US market and is working with famed manager Scooter Braun. Park Bom, whose reputation has been tarnished because of a drug scandal, did not re-sign with YG either.
What do you think is the real reason behind 2NE1’s disbandment. Let us know in the comments below.
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