11:11 pm - 03/14/2018

JBJ to disband at the end of April

On March 14, it was revealed through an official statement, “7 months of promotions will be concluded with the expiration of the management contract on April 30.”

JBJ was originally a fan-imagined group made up of “Produce 101 Season 2” contestants that eventually became reality. The statement reads, “It is completely thanks to fans that JBJ was able to be born and exist. We express our deep gratitude to the many fans that have sent support and encouragement throughout the journey that was like a dream. Until now, the members, agencies, and staff went through honest and serious discussions for a long time regarding the expiration and extension of JBJ’s contracts. Many opinions were exchanged, and it was recognized that as the members have to move onto the next page, each of their dreams and futures are also important.”

JBJ commented, “Although there is much sadness and nervousness for the future, we accept our current individual situations, and with this, we know well that the only way to live up to the support we have received is to work harder towards different dreams. We once again express our sincere gratitude to fans that allowed for a miracle to occur. We ask for your endless support and encouragement for the members that are beginning on a new start line with nervous hearts and for each of our individual activities. We will work hard so that we can promise to become more improved in the future.”

The JBJ members will continue with their schedules and work to spend time with fans until the end of their contracts on April 30. They will then move on with their activities individually and with different groups.

JBJ, made up of Noh Tae Hyun, Kenta, Kim Sang Gyun, Kim Yong Guk, Kwon Hyun Bin, and Kim Dong Han, debuted in October 2017 with “Fantasy.” They made their first comeback in January 2018 with “My Flower” and took their first music show win on “Music Bank.”

sources: soompi, naver
msgrottesca 14th-Mar-2018 10:43 pm (UTC)
I... hate this lol. For a long time I couldn't decide what I thought about it, truthfully. I adore JBJ, I've had so much fun stanning them over this time. But I also felt bad for the guys who got left behind, like Sihyun, who has so many antis that Choon had people trying to poison him lol. The idea of him and the other Choon boys having to continue waiting on Yongguk was a bit frustrating to think about.

BUT when I think about the state Hotshot's in, with Sungwoon in Wanna One and members cryptically deleting their social media, when I think about how Kenta has basically zero chance of debuting at his current company, how Donghan's company seems completely inept and looks like it has barely even given the boys any training, when I think about Sanggyun crying at their concert saying he'll probably never get to do this again, it's just so bittersweet :(

I don't wanna blame Hyunbin, as a Yongguk stan it's pm law that I have to love him lmao but I can't help but think his pursuit of a variety/acting career with YG is probably why this happened.

Edited at 2018-03-14 10:44 pm (UTC)
hpn88 14th-Mar-2018 11:59 pm (UTC)
This is really sad. They were great. Fantasy was a great release and if they continued I bet they would been around forever.

Idk what will happen to some of the boys. I'm down for more Youngguk and Sihyun cause The The The was my jam. But man Kenta, Sanghyun and Donghan? I feel like Taehyun will be fine once Sungwoon comes back (right? cause I love watching him dance!)
msgrottesca 15th-Mar-2018 12:36 am (UTC)
I feel like Taehyun will be fine once Sungwoon comes back (right? cause I love watching him dance!)

well now we also have Hojoon in that group for The Unit + Junhyuk cryptically deleting all of his social media about a month ago so I wouldn't be so sure tbh =/
flowerdances 15th-Mar-2018 12:10 am (UTC)
I typed a long comment about how miserable I was, but accidentally deleted it, so I'll just say that I'm really worried for Kenta, Donghan, and Sanggyun (especially him!). I love Yongguk, too, but I think he'll be okay with Sihyun.

All of the boys seemed so happy in JBJ that I can't imagine them in any other group. Even though I told myself to expect this and accept it when it came along, knowing they were a temporary group, I still let myself fall for them so hard :( It was looking hopeful for a while there, so this news is surprising to me even though it shouldn't be.

I guess I'm going to try to keep up with Kenta and hope that the rest of the boys can interact with each other in their free time (especially Kenta and Donghan since I loved their interactions the most). For now it's back to only stanning GG lol.... I'll look forward to any of the boys other activities, but I can't stan whole new groups for them (my heart hurts too much </3).
msgrottesca 15th-Mar-2018 12:39 am (UTC)
It sucks cuz Fave Ent says the chance of renewal was like 90% until just a week or two ago =/ I rly wish they could exxxpose whichever company pulled out so I'd know which company to hate lmao.
flowerdances 15th-Mar-2018 02:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I saw so much about the renewal that I was so confused when I saw about today. As far as I know, people are blaming YG in a domino-like way, as in they media-played about Hyunbin switching to YG first and the other companies started to pull out after that? I don't know the specifics though since that's just what I've been reading and it's (understandably) easy to blame YG for wrongs lol
shcjplnktn 15th-Mar-2018 12:23 am (UTC)
:(
chasing_thewind 15th-Mar-2018 12:43 am (UTC)
ughhh i really like them :'( so this is super disappointing. echoing all the other comments, i'm really worried about sanggyun, donghan, and kenta. they have so much more value all together, i don't know if they'll be able to find people to support them outside of jbj. hoping for the best!!
baekpedaling 15th-Mar-2018 02:32 am (UTC)
Who decided this was a good idea? JBJ for sure is making money so can someone work something out?!
kazu_kumaguro 15th-Mar-2018 02:37 am (UTC)
fuck YG
pseudo_shigure 15th-Mar-2018 03:14 am (UTC)
i swear if it's all bc of yg i'm just so mad. the boys clearly want extension =/
chaehocheol 15th-Mar-2018 03:44 am (UTC)

I didn’t think I’d ever be more heartbroken re: JBJ than when I found out Taedong wouldn’t be allowed to participate, but it appears I’m being hit twice by the same group. I guess I’ll just cry myself to sleep, nbd.

Sanggyun deserves the world and I hope he gets it. Kenta couldn’t possibly be more of a stunning performer if he tried. Hyunbin’s personal growth was an actual dream to watch. Longguo will forever have my heart and so will his kitties. Donghan must find a new group of hyungs to kiss on or he may not survive, ugh djfhakhfcbkaksbcb

I only have bare minimum hope for Taehyun because if he and Sungwoon’s popularity and Hojung’s stint on The Unit (and by extension, Timoteo’s exposure as well). Even if Hotshot don’t exactly hit it big ala Nuest, I don’t see how their next comeback with their OG lineup could ever fail.

I’m just...😞

audiograms 15th-Mar-2018 07:22 am (UTC)
NOOOO I AM NOT READY I LOVE THEM SO MUCH
violoncelliste 15th-Mar-2018 01:54 pm (UTC)
this is making me so sad :( they were a great group with great music, I wish they could continue because they were an absolute joy to follow.

like, i haven't watched produce 101 and i didn't care about a single thing about it until i saw Fantasy? Don't get me wrong I have nothing against those guys who won, but it was JBJ that actually grabbed my attention (and kept it!)

i'm gonna miss them. i wish them luck, they're great and deserve more than they were given :(
chikage_chan 15th-Mar-2018 02:07 pm (UTC)
Just ship Kenta to Japan, I’ll feed him forever ;-;

But for real, I’m sad about this. I really liked their releases and I really thought they would have the chance to shine more. I wish them all the best, even though the future might seem uncertain for some.
ginger_star 15th-Mar-2018 03:10 pm (UTC)
This sucks so much.... I don't know how any company can look at their success and just think "nah we can do better with just our one guy". wtf

I never should have gotten invested in Broduce, seriously. First I watched Yuehua screw over Jung Jung and Justin, now this and later I'm going to have to hope my favs in Wanna One can find success after THAT ends...its just garbage. ((yes I know Jung Jung and Justin are on the show in China now but someone want to tell me why they can't EVER be featured on the Yuehua boys insta?))

I wonder if they'll put out anything else before the contract ends? The promoters better not pander to us with some sappy goodbye song bullshit either omfg. Just give them a great song to end with...



Edited at 2018-03-15 03:11 pm (UTC)
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