K-pop star CL has officially parted ways from her agency, YG Entertainment.
On Friday, in a report of Korean news media outlet Soompi, YG Entertainment released a statement confirming her departure from the agency:
Hello. This is YG Entertainment.
Respecting each other’s opinions, we came to an agreement with CL to end her exclusive contract.
We express deep gratitude to the fans who have shown for CL, who shined with her activities as an artist of YG.
At YG, CL debuted with 2NE1 in 2009, and while promoting as a leader and rapper, she led trends in various areas including music and fashion. She also left a major mark in the history of K-pop when she became the first Korean solo female artist to chart in the Billboard Hot 100 on October 12, 2016.
We ask for lots of interest and support for CL’s new activities, and YG will also cheer her on with unchanging trust and affection. Thank you.
The confirmation came after reports of her leaving the agency resurfaced on the night of Thursday, November 7, claiming that talks to renew her contract with the agency did not work out.
CL, whose real name is Lee Chae Rin, debuted in 2009 as the leader and main rapper of well-known K-pop group 2NE1.
In 2016, the group disbanded and since then, CL has been promoting as a solo artist under the Korean label. However, her fans are furious since the rapper has not released new music in over two years.
CL’s last release was 2NE1’s “Goodbye” which was unveiled in January 2017 while her most recent TV appearances were on JTBC’s “MIXNINE” and tvN’s “Livin’ the Double Life.”