About a month ago, BAP got emotional while speaking about their future, leading many to speculate that their time at TS Entertainment was limited. Now it definitely seems like that feeling was valid, as TSE released a statement saying that Bang Yong Guk is leaving the company and group.
“B.A.P’s Bang Yong Guk, who has been with TS Entertainment since August 12, 2011, recently saw his exclusive contract with us come to an end on August 19, 2018. We have spoken extensively with both Bang Yong Guk and the other members of B.A.P, and we will be respecting his decision to not renew his contract with us. We want to express our gratitude to Bang Yong Guk for being with us till now, and we wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.”
TSE concluded by saying that BAP would continue as five, but doing what, I wonder? The writing certainly seems to be on the wall at this point for the rest of the members too, as it’s unlikely that they would stick around with a company that is currently a complete mess. The hope then would be that even though BYG is technically exiting BAP now, maybe they’ll all reunite later under a different company. Though as we know, that dream can get messy once everybody has their freedom and they all have their own goals. Regardless, best of luck to him and them.