Boy band NU'EST to disband after dropping new album
Just weeks before its 10th anniversary, boy band NU'EST announced that it will disband next month.
The band's agency Pledis Entertainment said in a statement Monday that its contract will conclude March 14 and that members will be going their separate ways.
Of the band's five members, JR, Aron and Ren chose not to renew their contracts while Baekho and Minhyun will continue to be represented by Pledis Entertainment.
The agency added that NU'EST will conclude its activities with its last album which is set to drop in March.
The band posted a hand-written letter online expressing their honest feelings of both regret and hope on Monday.
"After much contemplation, we have decided to go our own ways," wrote band leader JR. "It is slightly frightening to think that I will be alone from now on because I know so well that I was able to come this far thanks to other members and our fans. Thank you. I hope to be back with good news in spring."
The eldest member Aron wrote, "This isn't the end. I will be back to thank everyone for all their support they have given me this past 10 years. I hope you will continue to support me."
Ren said that he is very sorry to his fans but that he has gained courage from all the love he received as a NU'EST member to walk a new path in his career.
Baekho expressed his love for his fans and promised that he wouldn't let them down in the future by working hard.
Lastly, Minhyun wrote that he was also very thankful for all the love and support and asked that the band's fans continue their love until the end when the group's last album will drop.
BY LEE JIAN [email@example.com]