This is YG Entertainment’s official statement on rumors about 2NE1’s breakup.
First of all, we would like to say we are sorry to announce this sad news to 2NE1’s fans who have been looking forward to the team’s comeback for such a long time.
YG Entertainment hereby officially announces that 2NE1’s youngest member MINZY will not be a member of the team any longer.
Before the termination of 2NE1’s contract with YG Entertainment on May 5, 2016, we had one-on-one interviews with every member from January this year, to explain YG’s intention to renew the contract and also our will to help 2NE1’s new leap forward. However, unfortunately, MINZY did not agree on that.
It is hard for anyone to say goodbye to a colleague that you have worked with for 11 years since the days of training. However, we also fully understand and respect the position of MINZY who went through a difficult time because of the suddenhiatus of the team two years ago, so we feel rather sorry than regrettable.
As MINZY decided to leave the team, the other members were worried about whether this meant dissolution of 2NE1. However, YG’s CEO YANG HYUN SUK met the other three members and expressed his strong will that he wants to keep 2NE1 no matter what and that he intends to overcome the difficulty together, so the contract with the three members was renewed and the new 2NE1 is now working on a new album targeted to be released in this summer. YG is not considering any new member to replace MINZY.
2NE1 is a Korean girl band in the seventh year since their debut, who has held a world tour concert. Not only Korean fans but also fans worldwide are waiting for their new songs and comeback.
It seems to be hard to maintain a girl band longer than seven years, when considering the environment in not only the music scene of Korea but also the music industry of the world, because it is almost impossible without overcoming all those crisis and difficulties.
After their hiatus due to the unfortunate incident two years ago, 2NE1 is now faced another crisis with one member leaving the team, but we will do our best to overcome it again.
That is YG and 2NE1’s strong resolution and promise for fans who have long trusted and waited for 2NE1’s music. 2NE1 will come back with the most original 2NE1 music.