Pledis announce official disbandment of PRISTIN, who didn’t have much of a chance

Pledis Entertainment announced moments ago that their girl group PRISTIN has disbanded. Kyulkyung, Yehana, and Sungyeon will stay with the company, while Nayoung, Roa, Yuha, Eunwoo, Rena, Xiyeon, and Kyla will leave.

Hello. This is Pledis Entertainment. First, we sincerely thank fans who care for and love PRISTIN. We are delivering the official statement regarding the disbandment of PRISTIN and the termination of contracts for members. The company and the members had in-depth discussions for a long time and deliberated before coming to a mutual agreement. It has been decided that with the exclusion of members Kyulkyung, Yehana, Sungyeon; seven members (Nayoung, Roa, Yuha, Eunwoo, Rena, Xiyeon, and Kyla) will have their exclusive contracts terminated as of May 24, 2019.We would like to first apologize to fans, who have always been supportive, for delivering this unfortunate news. Because this is a decision that must be made carefully, a lot of time was given in thinking about this matter. At the end of discussions, we decided to respect the wishes of the PRISTIN members and came to the conclusion of disbandment and contract termination. Members Kyulkyung, Yehana, and Sungyeon expressed their intent to stay with the company. We will actively support Kyulkyung, Yehana, and Sungyeon so that they can have stable individual activities. We will wholeheartedly support them so that they can be more active and have more diverse activities. As for the PRISTIN members who will be leaving our agency, we would like to express our deep thanks to them and sincerely support them and their new paths even though their official contracts have ended. Since this is an important and sensitive matter that required a careful decision, we sincerely apologize to fans for delivering this news late and worrying fans through this news. Lastly, we ask that fans show unchanging support for the seven PRISTIN members, Kyulkyung, Yehana, and Sungyeon as they embark on a new start. Thank you.

I guess it’s hard to be surprised given that their last release as a group was in August of 2017, and I know PRISTIN V happened, but that seemed more like a warning sign now than any encouragement that PRISTIN would continue.

Honestly, what was even the point of this? They had built-in relevancy coming off ‘Produce 101‘ and made quite a successful debut with “Wee Woo“, saw a bit of a decline in their comeback with “We Like“, and Pledis just pulled the plug, basically.

I wouldn’t say I was necessarily a fan of PRISTIN’s releases, but they seemed like they had a ton of potential if they were given a decent shot that even much smaller and poorer companies allow.

Oh well, as an After School fan, I shouldn’t even be surprised when it comes to Pledis and girl groups at this point, and at least the members were free to opt for what they wanted instead of hanging in limbo indefinitely. All the best to them.

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