Oh no, we certainly hope that this isn’t true :(
Various rumours are suggesting that 2NE1 will officially disband in the near future, with member Minzy (공민지) reportedly searching for a new label.
On 4th April, Korean media outlet TV Daily reported, “2NE1’s contract with YG is soon about to end, and it’s highly possible that they are going to be disbanding. In fact, Minzy was about to sign with a new label already, but it did not happen due to disagreement in financial settlements.”
This is not the first time that we’re hearing possible news of 2NE1’s disbandment. Previously, Minzy was thrown into the limelight when she deleted “2NE1” off her Instagram handle. Compared to the rest of her members, Minzy is also the only one who hasn’t been active ever since 2NE1’s last album, “Crush”, and their last world tour. Members CL and Dara are busy with their solo activities (CL with her US debut and Dara on variety shows), and Park Bom has pretty much been on an indefinite hiatus since her drug scandal.
2NE1 was last seen as a full group at the star-studded 2015 MAMA in Hong Kong, where they performed a special stage for the audience. Their appearance initially led Blackjacks (as 2NE1’s fans are lovingly called) to believe that a 2NE1 comeback was looming, but YG Entertainment was quick to extinguish the rumours.
Meanwhile, YG Entertainment has announced that they will make an official announcement regarding 2NE1’s rumours on 5th April. Hang tight and we’ll update this post with more information as soon as we have ’em.
UPDATE (5th April, 3pm):
We’re really, really sad to announce that unfortunately, the rumours are true. YG Entertainment officially announced that Minzy will be leaving the group.
In their statement, they said, “We are sorry to inform the many 2NE1 fans who’ve waited so long. We are making an official announcement that 2NE1’s maknae Minzy will no longer be a part of 2NE1. With the end of 2NE1’s contract with YG coming up on 5th May 2016, we met with the 2NE1 members this past January to discuss their intentions about re-signing. However, Minzy expressed her intentions that were different from the group.”
On the other hand, YG Entertainment added that 2NE1 will be making a comeback this summer with the remaining members CL, Dara, and Park Bom. The label said, “The remaining 3 members have re-signed, and they’re preparing for a new song release for this summer as 2NE1. We are not looking for an additional member to replace Minzy.”
Minzy, our hearts are broken :(