Former South Korean girl group member Minzy has finally broken the silence over her sudden departure from the YG Entertainment band '2NE1' last month.
In her hand-written note on Instagram, the mandopop singer has extended apologies to her fans who were disheartened to learn about the singer leaving the group.
While the 22-year-old did not disclose the cause of her stepping out in the note, she stated that her decision has been taken "after careful consideration and much deliberation". The singer also affirmed that she is all set for her comeback and to " pursue a new journey as an artist named Minzy Kong.".
Minzy debuted in the internationally successful K-Pop girl group 2NE1 in 2009, and was a youngest member in the band. Now 2NE1 is left with three members including CL (Lee Chaelin), Dara (Sandara Park), and Park Bom, who are working on their grand comeback.
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 artist 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 artist. 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. love, Minzy
Meanwhile, CEO of YG entertainment, Yang Hyun Suk, released a statement stating that Minzy did not wish to renew her contract with the company. He said: "With their contracts ending on May 5, 2016, we met with each member to discuss contract renewals and terms but unfortunately Kong Minzy did not go forth."
"Sending away someone who has been with us for 11 years since her trainee days is difficult for all but due to the sudden hiatus, Kong Minzy had some hard times that we fully understand. Rather than feeling upset, we are apologetic towards her," Hyun Suk asserted in the official note.