After reports that the youngest member of the group was meeting with other agencies, YG Entertainment issued an official statement confirming her departure from the group, which reads thusly:
“This is YG Entertainment’s official statement regarding 2NE1’s disbandment rumors.
It is with a heavy heart that we relay this regrettable news to the 2NE1 fans who waited silently for so long.
We are officially informing you that 2NE1’s maknae Gong Minzy will no longer be able to continue with 2NE1.
Ahead of their contract expiration date of April 4, 2016, we met individually with each of the members of 2NE1 in January to discuss contract renewal, and expressed our desire to keep the group together. Unfortunately, Gong Minzy did not feel the same.
Saying goodbye to a colleague who has been with us for 11 years, from the time that she was just a rookie, is hard for everyone. However, we completely understand and respect the position of Gong Minzy, who had a hard time two years ago when the team suddenly had to halt promotions, so rather than feeling unsatisfied, we feel sorry.
After the announcement of Gong Minzy’s departure, the remaining members were confused and asked, ‘Will 2NE1 really disband like this?’, but Yang Hyun Suk met with the three members and told them, “No matter what happens, I want to protect 2NE1 until the very end. When it’s difficult like this let’s gather, be strong, and overcome.’ With this strength, the remaining three members are preparing a new single with the goal of coming back this summer. No members will be added to replace Minzy.
2NE1 is a girl group who has received a lot of love not just from domestic fans, but from fans all over the world; enough for a world tour since they debuted 7 years ago.
Even from an international perspective, it seems that keeping a group together for 7 years is not easy. That is because it is the kind of thing that is nearly impossible to do without overcoming many crises and difficulties.
Much like the incident of two years ago that forced the group to suspend all official activities, we will do our best to overcome this difficulty of one member leaving the group of four.
YG and the members promise to remain strong for the fans who have trusted in the music and waited. We will try to comeback again with the most 2NE1-like, 2NE1-esque music.
There you have it folks. No word yet from Minzy’s side as to what she’ll be doing following her departure from the group, but reports yesterday stated that she was meeting with other agencies. MoonROK will continue to keep you updated on the former 2NE1 member’s activities, so be sure to stay tuned.
Source: YG Entertainment
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