Update: 14U’s Agency Confirms Group’s Disbandment + Addresses Rumors
Updated May 13 KST:
14U has disbanded after two years.
In response to the previous reports, the group’s agency released the following statement:
Hello. This is BGent. First of all, we sincerely thank the fans who have cherished and loved 14U until now.
After long discussion between the agency and the 14U members, it was decided that the group will disband and go their separate ways.
Although they cannot continue with the name 14U, the members have a close relationship with each other and the agency, but the mutual agreement was made to respect each member’s dream and future.
We express our gratitude to the 14U members who have worked hard together in unity towards their dreams. We will support and cheer on the paths that the members want to go down, and we will do our best to help them.
Along with our apologetic feelings towards the many fans who have given unchanging love and support, we ask for warm interest and support for the members who are awaiting new beginnings. Thank you.
On May 13, Xportsnews reported that the group actually disbanded because of sexual relations between one of the members, who is in his early 20s, and a female staff member, who is in her late 30s. According to the reports, the other members and staff members found out, and the parents of the members requested for the agency to terminate their contracts.
The head of BGent, however, denied these reports, commenting, “The rumors have been exaggerated, but that did not happen. Their disbandment was decided by mutual agreement with the members and their parents because they have differing dreams.”
14U has reportedly disbanded.
On May 10, it was reported that following the groups concerts in Japan from February to April, 13 out of 14 members terminated their contracts with agency BGent after returning to Korea in April.
14U made their debut in July 2017 with “WV” and their most recent release was last year’s “NEWS.” After wrapping up promotional activities in Korea, they flew to Japan and met with approximately 6,000 fans across 20 performances.
The group was originally announced for the lineup of KCON 2019 Japan, which will be held from May 17 to 19. However, in April, KCON 2019 Japan announced that 14U would not be attending the event, stating “artists’ circumstances” as a reasoning for the cancellation.
According to the reports, the members who have terminated their contracts have left the dorms and will be going their separate ways. A source stated, “The members who have left are said to be feeling apologetic to fans for the hurt this will cause, so they have not been able to speak up about it. Instead, they seem to be sharing updates on social media that they’re on vacation.”
The reports also state there may be various reasons behind the disbandment. It is being said that the members who terminated their contract believe the agency was showing favoritism and was therefore causing conflict between the members due to discriminatory treatment. However, the agency is said to be denying such allegations and believes the members came together and planned for the group to disband.
BGent has yet to release an official statement addressing the reports, so be on the lookout for more updates!