After nearly ten years, Wonder Girls disband
The quartet’s agency JYP Entertainment delivered the unfortunate news in an official statement on Thursday.
“We came to the decision to disband the group after a long discussion with the members,” said the company. “Yubin and Hye-Rim decided to renew their contracts with [us], and we plan on displaying their abilities in new areas such as music, acting, hosting, etc.”
The company said that the remaining members Ye-eun and Sunmi decided to leave the company to walk their own paths.
The fate of the girl group has been a topic of discussion recently, as popular idol acts such as 2NE1 and Rainbow have disbanded due to the ending of their record contracts.
Since their debut as a five-piece in 2007, Wonder Girls has been a cultural powerhouse in the earlier half of the past decade with their hit songs “Tell Me,” “So Hot,” and “Nobody.” They regrouped as a four member band in 2015 and released their latest single, “Why So Lonely,” last July.
By Chung Jin-hong