In what some fans are calling the end of an era, 2NE1 has disbanded with the K-pop supergroup seeing its remaining three members go different ways after a remarkable seven years together.
Following the news that original member Minzy departed the group in May, 2NE1 and its record label YG Entertainment has decided to officially disband the outfit. "YG’s contract with 2NE1 ended in May 2016, Minzy decided to leave the group, and after much consultation with rest of the members, YG has decided to officially disband 2NE1," YG Entertainment said in a statement. "2NE1 has been YG’s signature girl group for the past seven years, so YG is deeply saddened to let them go. However, it is better for 2NE1 members to continue on with their careers as solo artists rather than as a group. YG would like to thank all those in and out of Korea who have loved 2NE1 members and music."
YG added that the group's leader CL—who is currently promoting in America with manager Scooter Braun—and Dara resigned with the company as solo artists. Main vocalist Bom did not renew her contract with YG.