Popular K-pop girl group EXID (이엑스아이디) has not been disbanded yet. But the five members have left for newer agencies and career paths. Although there is still hope for the members to make their comeback in the future, fans have been wondering what have they been up to ever since their last release in May 2019.
So here are what Solji (솔지), LE (엘이), Hani (하니), Hyelin (혜린), and Jeonghwa (정화) are currently doing now.
Leader and main vocalist of EXID, Solji has left Banana Culture Entertainment nearly a year ago last February. She started finalising her shift to C-Jes Entertainment a few days later. The company is known for managing musical talents like JYJ and Gummy (거미) as well as actors such as Choi Min Sik (최민식) and Hwang Jung Eum (황정음).
Just after signing to C-Jes Entertainment in March 2020, the EXID leader started releasing new music. Solji began this with a soundtrack for the famous MBC drama “Find Me In Your Memory” (그 남자의 기억법) and announced her official solo debut in June of the same year.
Solji released her highly expected sentimental breakup ballad debut “Rains Again” in early July. The leader was filled with love and support from her fellow members as her song peaked at the 18th place on the Melon Music Chart. Solji also used this as a way to set up her own Twitter account as well as her YouTube channel, Soul_G.
Her first-ever solo concert was supposed to take place last December as announced in October 2020. Unfortunately, the event was sadly subjected to cancellation because of Covid-19. Solji released a new soundtrack this month, but fans are still wishing for a reschedule of her solo concert.
LE is EXID’s main rapper and lead dancer who has left Banana Culture Entertainment in March 2020. She was the final member to part ways from her former agency. The following month, she comforted fans that all the members would find a way to regroup together sometime in the future.
From then onwards, the rapper has mainly put her focus on her work as a producer. Ever since she left Banana Culture Entertainment, LE already had made 67 songs with credits of songwriting and production. A specific song she produced in 2020 was “Let Me Dance”, which is a remake girl group EVERGLOW (에버글로우) recorded as a soundtrack for MBC’s “The Spies Who Loved Me” (나를 사랑한 스파이).
After LE collaborated with her group’s (EXID) creator Shinsadong Tiger (신사동호랭이) in making various songs, they are both currently working together on the new group, TRI.BE (트라이비). Both LE and Tiger are producing the new K-pop girl group’s debut album, which is set to release next month in February. Moreover, the Korean rapper is currently preparing for a solo album.
One of the first members to leave Banana Culture Entertainment is EXID’s lead vocalist Hani. Following the group’s conclusion of their 2019 summer Japan tour, Hani found a new agency called Sublime Artist Agency. The agency is famously known for managing T-ARA (티아라)’s Hyomin (효민) as well as PRISTIN (프리스틴)’s Lim Nayoung (임나영).
It was also revealed that Hani would begin her acting career under her birth name, Ahn Hee Yeon (안희연). The lead vocalist and dancer managed to score a lead role as a bartender in revenge web-drama “XX” (엑스엑스) in November 2019. The show premiered in January 2020.
After that, Hani was chosen for a role in MBC’s sci-fi production, “SF8” (에스 에프 에잇). The idol also made a cameo appearance on “The Spies Who Loved Me” (나를 사랑한 스파이). The drama featured a song produced by another EXID member LE. Hani’s newest acting role will be in KakaoTV’s “Not Yet 30” (아직 낫서른), in which she plays as a lead character. It may seem like her career as a drama actress is going very smoothly.
EXID’s other lead vocalist Hyelin, who also goes by the name Hyerin, terminated her contract with Banana Culture Entertainment about a year ago in January 2020. Ever since then, she has signed up for her new agency at SidusHQ in May 2020. The agency is home to music talents like g.o.d (지오디) and various other actors and actresses as well.
Upon joining the company, Hyelin revealed she has plans to debut as an actress someday, making her exploration in the entertainment industry that doesn’t involve music. But as of right now, she is mainly putting her focus on appearing in TV shows like “Celeb Beauty 2” and “Miss Back” (미쓰백). She currently has a YouTube channel called Hyelin’s My Way (혜린의마이웨이).
At last, we have Jeonghwa who is EXID’s main dancer, lead rapper, vocalist, and maknae (막내) of the group. She left Banana Culture Entertainment at the same time Hani did after making a decision to not renew her contract for the agency. Instead, Jeonghwa signed a new contract with another agency, JWIDECOMPANY in July 2019. The company is home to many actors like Lee Sang Yoon (이상윤), Kim Tae Ri (김태리), and other celebrities.
It’s not so surprising for Jeonghwa to delve back into the acting scene since parting ways with her former agency. As seen before the idol joined EXID, the starlet already started her acting career in television. Her first acting role was a cameo in SBS’s “Wives on Strike” when Jeonghwa was only 9 years old.
Last year in 2020, she managed to secure bookings for two film roles. One is the action-noir movie “Dragon’s Inn” (용루각) and the other one is a comedy movie “Handsome Guys” (핸섬가이즈). Later on, she was also cast in a slapstick comedy “Passion 3 Generation” (신바람난 삼대).