10:33 am - 05/24/2019

PRISTIN Officially Disbands

On May 24, Yonhap News reported that girl group PRISTIN is disbanding.

According to the report, the members and Pledis Entertainment held discussions and ultimately decided on disbandment.

Pledis Entertainment confirmed the news and revealed that members Nayoung, Roa, Yuha, Eunwoo, Rena, Xiyeon, and Kyla have terminated their contracts with the agency. Kyulkyung, Yehana, and Sungyeon will be staying at Pledis Entertainment.

PRISTIN was Pledis Entertainment’s first girl group following After School. Seven members were known prior to debut through Mnet’s “Produce 101” with Kyulkyung and Nayoung becoming final members of IOI.

The 10-member group debuted in March 2017 and released two mini albums. PRISTIN also won the Rookie Award from MAMA and Seoul Music Awards following their debut. Five members of PRISTIN previously promoted as unit group PRISTIN V in May 2018. It has been almost two years since the whole group released an album.

Previously, there were rumors of disbanding after member Kyla went on a hiatus in October 2017.

Stay tuned for the full translation of Pledis Entertainment’s statement.

Source: Soompi 1 2, Naver 1, Newspim 1
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juhli 24th-May-2019 08:40 am (UTC)
wtf wtf wtf
i can't believe it
so many terminated
kyulkyung 24th-May-2019 08:48 am (UTC)
it's for the best. at least they got closure unlike after school.
miyozari 24th-May-2019 10:59 am (UTC)
juhli Pledis statement24th-May-2019 08:49 am (UTC)
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.
adenar 24th-May-2019 08:51 am (UTC)
i can't believe pristin debuted AND disbanded before after school got officially disbanded

I sort of thought more would stay and debut in this hypothetical stone x pledis group? hopefully this means that that's not a thing and yehana and seungyeon will become trainees again for a while and get transferred to another agency

there were a lot of gems in this group so i hope they get snatched up if they still want to stay in the business! hopefully as an ex-ioi member nayoung still has a chance. and hopefully pledis never debuts a girl group again until there's significant change in management
juhli 24th-May-2019 08:51 am (UTC)
Feeling especially bitter for Xiyeon who has been with Pledis since she was a child and Nayoung who spend her best years in Pledis and is now probably deemed too old to debut in another girlgroup
lil_poisonfrog 24th-May-2019 06:29 pm (UTC)
That makes me so mad. These companies are willing to waste the prime years of these kids' careers and I'm supposed to give them the benefit of the doubt? Lmao no. Just goes to show that having loyalty to a company is never worth it.
babyjenkski 24th-May-2019 09:01 am (UTC)
Disbandment news are never easy to take even if they're not my faves. This group had their debut 2 years ago! Their agency is popular enough with talents that are doing good so it's really surprising for me.
yoonjeonghan 24th-May-2019 09:06 am (UTC)
we all knew it was coming but i'm still shocked somehow...

i can't believe so many have terminated their contracts, but at the same time it makes sense. good on them for not wanting to waste any more time in a company that doesn't give a shit about them. confused about yehana and sungyeon remaining given that pledis has paid them dust but maybe there's something that i've missed. idk

pristin's minis were some of my faves and i still listen to them regularly.. i'm sad we won't be getting any more of their music. pledis is garbage at managing their girl groups so i hope they just stick with what they have and don't debut any new ones for a while...

wishing them all the best and hope that if the members who left continue on in the music industry, that we'll see them around soon.
pseudo_shigure 24th-May-2019 09:10 am (UTC)
i dont understand why this not so small company give up so quickly. any theory guys?
babyjenkski 24th-May-2019 09:37 am (UTC)
Same question for me
dior_chic 24th-May-2019 09:20 am (UTC)
Finally, closure!!!! All the IG accounts started opening at the same time was the biggest giveaway

I’m genuienly bummed since this group really wowed me and they had so much potential. I hope the members that left can still be in entertainment- they’re a talented bunch! And Nayoung is gorgeous, I know she’s older but hopefully a company doesn’t pass her up.

Thanks for the memories girls. I’m really glad you got out. As for Pledis, I don’t have to give a fuck about whatever you do now lmao

Edited at 2019-05-24 09:22 am (UTC)
goshipgurl 24th-May-2019 09:26 am (UTC)
OK, with all the IG accounts popping up I was sure that Pledis would try a comeback again. They weren't really flops so I dont understand why they neglected them.

Only 2 years after debut and 2 singles + a sub-unit... They IOI girls promoted more with their ex-group than with Pristin.
juhli 24th-May-2019 09:37 am (UTC)
I'm so frustrated, let my girl Sungyeon SING
volume1995 24th-May-2019 09:47 am (UTC)
this is heart breaking but honestly for the best. the girls have been put away for almost two years now and kyulkyung is just doing her thing in china... :\

im really sad cause they were my favorite post-ioi debut and had the most potential too (rookies of the year!!! damn)

i hope theyll always stay in touch

we WERE pristin! annyeong! naneun uri jibe princess.... ayayaya
gathyou 24th-May-2019 10:11 am (UTC)
Not surprised, but still sad. Finally we get closure and they're able to move on, but what a giganstic waste. They had so much potential, as individuals and as a group, but the hiatus really hurt them, and Pledis completely dropped the ball with them. I hope they can recover and have success in the entertainement business if they want to, but chances are slim :( I wonder what will happen to Yehana and Sungyeon, did they re-signed? It sounds like such a bad idea given how few activities/push they were given, even when the group was active...
juhli 24th-May-2019 10:24 am (UTC)
they didn't re-sign, they just didn't terminate their contracts so their original contracts are still running.my guess is that the rumors about the stone x pledis gg debut are true and they'll redebut with them.
pikapika217 24th-May-2019 10:32 am (UTC)

It is fascinating how Pledis managed to find a new way & more awful way to screw this group over. They truly never even gave them the proper chance they deserved and I feel for all 10 of them. Hopefully they can find better elsewhere
a_suitcase 24th-May-2019 10:36 am (UTC)
I feel sad for the girls, they were really talented and deserved better.
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