It’s a heartbreaking day for CNCO fans around the world today (Monday, 10th May). Joel Pimentel has officially announced that he’s leaving the popular Latin American boy band.
The last time we saw CNCO up close and personal was when they held their showcase here at The Garden’s Mall, Kuala Lumpur as part of their Asian tour.
The band posted an official statement on its social accounts. “We’re sad to tell you that after five and a half unforgettable and life changing years together, Friday, 14th May will be Joel’s last day as a member of CNCO,” the group stated that the 22-year-old will be playing his final livestream concert later this week as “Joel is leaving and will be pursuing new opportunities“.
The remaining members – Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colón, Christopher Vélez and Zabdiel De Jesús – also touched on how Joel’s departure will impact CNCO moving forward. “We know this news is saddening and is going to be as hard for all of you as it is for us, but we appreciate you sticking with us. While it will be different, we are so excited to continue into this new era of CNCO, and can’t wait for all of you to see what we have in store for you!” they added.
Meanwhile, Joel also responded with the comment, “Love you guys.” In his personal statement, he elaborated, “It’s time for me to grow and explore new artistic avenues, it’s time to start building my own path and career.This is why I’ve decided to leave the band.”
Formed in 2015 on the Univision music competition series “La Banda”, CNCO has eight Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Latin pop airplay chart, including “Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)” and “Se Vuelve Loca”. Their latest cover album, “Déjà Vu”, debuted earlier in February.
Although CNCO is moving ahead as a foursome, we’re anticipating better things in the near future ;)