In the world of K-pop, a group's disbandment—no matter how successful they are and loyal their fan base is—is a definite possibility for idols. Sure it's heartbreaking for fans to deal with their ult's going their separate ways, but we rarely hear from the idols themselves on what really happens behind closed doors—that is, until Sandara Park and HINAPIA's Minkyeung spoke about their personal experiences with disbandment.
Minkyeung, who debuted in the group PRISTIN in 2016, emotionally spoke about the loss she felt after they disbanded in 2019: "When we first debuted, I thought we were going to have continued success since we received many awards. When the team no longer existed…Everyone has things they value, but I felt like I lost everything."
The silver lining in Minkyeung's career is that she debuted in another group, HINAPIA, in November 2019.
2NE1's Sandara also shed a few tears when she talked about her group's disbandment in 2016 and the insecurities she felt about her talents compared to the other 2NE1 members. "After our disbandment, I realized that I'd been very foolish about something. When we were promoting, I thought that I wasn't necessary in the group, because the members all had such amazing voices. I thought, 'If I sing more, then I'll be a detriment to the group.' So I couldn't enjoy it…After we disbanded, I worried a lot about what I should do now. I think I was very pessimistic for two or three years, and I lost a lot of my confidence," she said.
After a few years of struggling as a solo artist, she credited the few friends that stuck by her side in helping her overcome her insecurities: "Because of that, I'm happy lately...When I do fan meetings or concerts alone, I finally feel like I'm able to enjoy it."
Nowadays, Sandara is busy making music again. She recently released a song with Park Bom called "First Snow" in December 2019.
We're looking forward to your future projects, Dara and Minkyeung!
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