Pristin which was one of the prominently recognised Korean-Pop girl group melted the hearts of their fans with the news of them getting disbanded in May 2019. The group debuted in 2016 as Pledis Girlz by the South Korean entertainment, Pledis Entertainment, founded by Han Sung-soo as a ten-member group formed by Nayoung, Yuha, Roa, Eunwoo, Kyulkyung, Rena, Yehana, Sungyeon, Xiyeon and Kyla. The girl group made notable waves with the release of hit singles such as ‘Wee Woo‘, ‘Black Widow‘, and ‘We Like‘ along with Extended Plays titled ‘Hi! Pristin‘ and ‘Schxxl Out‘ of which some peaked at The Gaon Music Chart and The Billboard Charts.
With a knack for writing and composing their songs, Pristin gained nominations in Gaon Chart Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, and Melon Music Awards and went away with the Asia Artist Awards, Money Asian Music Awards, Seoul Music Awards and V Live Awards. To learn more about how the one-time famous Korean-Pop girl group got disbanded and if they are coming back, read on!
Why Did Pristin (Pledis Girlz) Get Disbanded?
Having attained somewhat successful musical career with a huge fan base, it came as a surprise to many when Pledis Entertainment broke the news to Pristin’s fans in May 2019, that following a long deliberation, the talent agency and the members of the girl group have reached a mutual agreement to disband the group. According to the statement released by the agency, they agreed to respect the wishes of some of the members who decided to terminate their contracts, thus leading to Pristin getting disbanded.
Seven members namely; Nayoung, Yuha, Roa, Eunwoo, Rena, Xiyeon and Kyla failed to reach a deal with the company and as a result, terminated their contracts on May 24, 2019. While the remaining three; Yehana Sungyeon and Kyulkyung remained with the agency. The company also thanked their fans for the support shown to the group for the two years that they were active. They also pledged to support the seven members that left as they embark on new beginnings.
Prior to their disbandment, Pristin was publicly recognised for writing and composing their own music as they made their debut in March 2017, by dropping their first Extended Play titled, ‘Hi! Pristin‘. The girls, however, were previously unveiled in the year 2016 as Pledis Girlz by Pledis Entertainment. They held concerts and also released a promotional single titled, ‘We‘ during such time. But in 2017, after making their debut in March, they moved on to perform at the Seoul World Cup Stadium during the 2017 Dream Concert and also at KCON Music Festival held in Japan.
On 23rd August 2017, the girl group released their second Extended Play, ‘Schxxl Out‘ along with the single, ‘We Like‘. Then in October, Kyla had health issues which prevented her from participating in the group’s activities for a long period. Following her hiatus, the agency unveiled a subunit under Pristin which was called Pristin V. According to Kyla, as a result of her injury, the talent agency thought that it would be best to have just five members come out as a subunit and release songs that matched their characters instead of having just nine girls performing. As a result, Nayoung, Eunwoo, Roa, Rena, and Kyulkyung were debuted as Pristin V with the release of a single album titled ‘Like A V‘ on May 8, 2018.
Since the release of their second Extended Play, the girl group never released any new music together under the name, Pristin except for the album released by its subunit in 2018.
Are They Coming Back?
At the moment, Pledis Entertainment has not released any official statement saying that Pristin will get back together. Having officially made the announcement about the group getting disbanded, some of the members have started making plans on embarking on individual projects. Kyla has hinted that she would continue working on her career and releasing new material. Kyulkyung, Yehana, and Sungyeon who remained with the agency are also expected to drop new singles in the near future as they embark on a new path as soloists. As it stands, all the members seem to have plans of venturing in a solo career rather than coming back together as a group.