Much to the regret of all Blackjacks around the world, 2NE1’s maknae Minzy leaves the group.
While 2NE1’s contract expiration date has been nearing, a lot of rumors on the group’s future plans started to appear. In order to prevent the circulation of false informatios, YG Entertainment held a special press conference on April 5th. Following this, the agency has released an official statement to clear all the things up.
YG Entertainment confirmed that Minzy will be officially leaving 2NE1. According to the agency, it was Minzy’s well-thought decision, and they will respect it. Here’s how YG Entertainment explained the whole situation:
“This is YG Entertainment’s official statement regarding the rumors of 2NE1 disbanding. We are sorry to bring this regrettable news to 2NE1′s fans who have waited for a long time. We are officially informing you that 2NE1′s maknae Gong Minzy will no long be able to be a part of 2NE1.
YG’s contract with 2NE1 expires on May 5, 2016. 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.
Having to say goodbye to a colleague who has been with us since she was a trainee for 11 years is really difficult. However, we fully understand and respect Gong Minzy’s position as the group had to suddenly halt promotions two years ago. Thus, it is true that we feel more sorry rather than feeling unsatisfied.”
This is sad to read, but we have to accept and respect Minzy’s decision. We hope she will continue to do what she likes, and let’s hope we will hear from her soon! Good luck, Minzy!
As for the remaining 2NE1 members, YG Entertainment decided not to add anyone to replace Minzy, and unveiled their plans on the girls’ comeback in summer! CL, Park Bom and Dara will renew their contracts, and are currently working on a new release! The agency promised to protect and support the girls, and help them to come back with a stronger image and better music.
“After announcing Gong Minzy’s decision to leave the group, the other members were confused and asked, “Will 2NE1 disband like this?” Yang Hyun Suk met the three members and said, “I want to protect 2NE1 until the end no matter what. When it gets difficult let’s gather together and be strong and overcome this.” Showing this strong will, the other three members are preparing a new song with a summer comeback in mind. There will be no additional members added to replace Gong Minzy.
2NE1 is a girl group who has received a lot of love from domestic and international fans, enough for a world tour, for seven years since they debuted. Even from an international perspective, it’s not easy to keep a group active for more than seven years. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to do so without overcoming various crises and difficulties. Like the crisis the group experienced when they had suspended all official activities due to the incident two years ago, we will do our best to overcome this case of one member leaving the group as well.
YG and the members promise to make a strong resolution for fans who have trusted 2NE1′s music and waited. We will promise to return with the most 2NE1-style and 2NE1-appropriate music. Thank you.”
Even though it’s hard, let’s accept this situation and continue to support both Minzy and 2NE1!