EXID’s Hani And Jeonghwa To Part Ways With Agency, Banana Culture Gives Statement On Future Of Group
Updated May 3 KST:
EXID will be making a comeback as a full group before going on hiatus.
On May 3, the group’s agency Banana Culture Entertainment commented, “EXID is releasing a new mini album on [May] 15,” and added, “EXID will take a hiatus from team activities after completing broadcast promotions and performances in Korea and overseas following their album release. The agreement has been made for Hani and Jeonghwa to carry out all scheduled activities before searching for new agencies.”
EXID’s Hani and Jeonghwa are parting ways with Banana Culture Entertainment.
The EXID members’ contracts are set to expire at the end of the month, and in an official statement Friday morning, Banana Culture revealed that Hani and Jeonghwa have decided not to renew their contracts. Solji, LE, and Hyelin have re-signed with the agency.
Banana Culture stressed that this does not mean EXID is disbanding and stated that they are considering ways in which the group can promote together in the future.
Here is the full statement from EXID’s agency:
Hello, this is Banana Culture Entertainment. This is our official statement about EXID’s contracts.
Solji, LE, and Hyelin expressed their wishes to remain with the agency and re-signed with us. Hani and Jeonghwa have, after a long discussion with the agency, reached an agreement with us and decided to go their separate ways after their contracts expire at the end of May 2019.
The three EXID members who have renewed their contracts with us will be focusing on their individual promotions for the time being. Solji and LE are preparing to promote as solo artists, highlighting their singing, rapping, and producing talents, and Hyelin is planning on tackling a variety of broadcast and music activities with her various talents and appealing image.
EXID is an important group to Banana Culture as well as the fans, and as such, we are not thinking of this as the group disbanding. The members are also thinking of it more as a turning point from which they can take on new challenges. We are deliberating on ways in which EXID can promote together in the future.
[Banana Culture] will do our best so that Solji, LE, and Hyelin can carry out stable and active solo promotions.
We also express our deep gratitude to Hani and Jeonghwa. Though their contracts are officially expiring, we sincerely wish them the best in their future endeavors.
We ask for your encouragement and support for the five members of EXID, who have new roads ahead. Thank you.