2016 is definitely not a good year for many K-Pop fans :(
On 5th April, it was revealed that 2NE1‘s “maknae” Minzy (공민지) has left the group to pursue a solo career. The shocking news started as a rumour but was later confirmed by YG Entertainment in an official statement.
22-year-old Minzy Kong debuted through 2NE1 in 2009 with “Fire” and the group quickly became one of the most popular female idol groups in the industry. Known for her amazing dance skills, the former member quit school when she was 16 to fully concentrate on her entertainment career.
The star finally broke her silence yesterday night (4th May) on her Instagram, exactly 1 month after her departure from the group.
Read her full letter below:
“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 artiste 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 artiste.
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.
Thank you Minzy, for all the wonderful music, dances, and performances you gave us for the past 6 years as a member of 2NE1. We look forward for your return as a solo artiste soon! <3