YG’s Official Statement on 2NE1

This is YG Entertainment’s official statement on rumors about 2NE1’s breakup.

First of all, we would like to say we are sorry to announce this sad news to 2NE1’s fans who have been looking forward to the team’s comeback for such a long time.

YG Entertainment hereby officially announces that 2NE1’s youngest member MINZY will not be a member of the team any longer.

Before the termination of 2NE1’s contract with YG Entertainment on May 5, 2016, we had one-on-one interviews with every member from January this year, to explain YG’s intention to renew the contract and also our will to help 2NE1’s new leap forward. However, unfortunately, MINZY did not agree on that.

It is hard for anyone to say goodbye to a colleague that you have worked with for 11 years since the days of training. However, we also fully understand and respect the position of MINZY who went through a difficult time because of the sudden hiatus of the team two years ago, so we feel rather sorry than regrettable.

As MINZY decided to leave the team, the other members were worried about whether this meant dissolution of 2NE1. However, YG’s CEO YANG HYUN SUK met the other three members and expressed his strong will that he wants to keep 2NE1 no matter what and that he intends to overcome the difficulty together, so the contract with the three members was renewed and the new 2NE1 is now working on a new album targeted to be released in this summer. YG is not considering any new member to replace MINZY.

2NE1 is a Korean girl band in the seventh year since their debut, who has held a world tour concert. Not only Korean fans but also fans worldwide are waiting for their new songs and comeback.

It seems to be hard to maintain a girl band longer than seven years, when considering the environment in not only the music scene of Korea but also the music industry of the world, because it is almost impossible without overcoming all those crisis and difficulties.

After their hiatus due to the unfortunate incident two years ago, 2NE1 is now faced another crisis with one member leaving the team, but we will do our best to overcome it again.

That is YG and 2NE1’s strong resolution and promise for fans who have long trusted and waited for 2NE1’s music. 2NE1 will come back with the most original 2NE1 music.

Thank you.

2016. 04. 05.

Minzy Officially Leaves 2NE1 – Group to Continue with Three Members


After reports regarding 2NE1‘s Minzy being in talks with different agencies surfaced, YG Entertainment held a press conference to give an official statement about 2NE1′s future as well as the rumors about Minzy leaving the group.

YG Entertainment has explained that 2NE1 will be continuing forward without Minzy.

Below is their official statement:

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.

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 get’s 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.

Credits: Soompi

Comments on: "News/Official: Minzy Officially Leaves 2NE1 – Group to Continue with Three Members + YG’s Official Statement" (6)

  1. 2ne14ever said:

    Still feeling bittersweet about this whole situation.

    Caution rant below:
    First, YG has been neglecting the girls as a team for awhile now.
    They could’ve came back after a couple months to a year with that scandal with Bom.
    From what I heard from knetizens, that the scandal was big or something in Korea, but 2ne1 is a global group, so their success would still be up to par.

    I wonder if Minzy ever brought up getting a solo debut or this whole situation leaving to YG. (not backing up YG or anything, but i feel like when it comes to YG, he wants artists to bring him material) I just saw that Minzy didn’t bring up the situation of leaving YGent all together to the other members before. So they didn’t have any idea how she was feeling. I know she’s been waiting so long, but I just wonder, with 2e1 being such an iconic group, if she just talked to YG personally.

    I’m still bittersweet about the whole thing, I’m happy that she took initiative on accomplishing on what she wants to do, but upset that she’s leaving the most beloved girl group of all time.
    & I say girl group bc to me, 2ne1 wasn’t an ordinary kpop girl group, they had their own colors, their own bad-assery in the industry and there will be no other group like them.

    We love you minzy, we wish you further success in life.

  2. alohadara said:

    Taki, I agree. YG has his favorites and didnt take care of the rest. I actually thought Bom would go first because of the scandal and how emotionally weak she seems. Then I thought Dara because she always has such little lines in the song. Minzy gave us an inkling last year that she was upset when she took the name 2ne1 off her twitter acct. So as much as I love 2ne1 all together, I also want them to be happy individually. Gummy left because she wasnt getting enough promotions or support for a new album. She is happy in another agency. Hopefully Minzy will find her happiness wherever she goes. But it is sad because there will never be another 2ne1 for me.I’ve lost all feeling for kpop and we shall see if Dara, Cl and Bom can survive this setback.

  3. I blame YG on this. Why couldn’t he threw Minzy a bone and let her release even just OST or song with or without promotion? I’m going to miss 2NE1 😦

    I doubt there will be a comeback this summer otherwise why would Minzy leave if there is plan this summer. YG is just saying it to appease blackjack.

    Its funny I thought I would be sad by the news, but it more like closure for me as a blackjack since I already have feeling before that 2NE1 is never coming back..

  4. MariaNiceko said:

    I feel sad about the news, but in a positive way she is leaving only the group not YG company, right?

  5. alohadara said:

    2NE1 introduced me to Kpop. I knew one day they would disband, thats just part of life. I just didnt think it would be now. My heart is sad … Although 2NE1 hasnt disbanded, it will never be 2NE1 without all the girls together. I want Minzy to be happy so I’m wishing her well in whatever she chooses to do in her future.

    Thankfully, Dara has been branching out in other areas such as acting, endorsements,modeling, mcing so that this group is not her sole purpose in life. Although I will miss the girls together, I am thankful that Dara will continue to shine, to succeed despite this decision.

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