15&’s Baek Yerin Announces Departure From JYP + Shares Future Plans

15&’s Baek Yerin shared the news that she’ll be leaving JYP Entertainment after 12 years with the agency and starting her own independent label.

On September 13, Baek Yerin took to Instagram with the following post:

Hello, this is Yerin!
It’s suddenly become very cold out, are you doing well?

Sadly, my contract with JYP is ending as of September 14.

I have worked hard while at JYP for the long time of 12 years, ever since I was in elementary school. I received the gift of great and precious opportunities, and although I’m still lacking now, they taught me many things as I became the person I am and gave me gifts. I am so grateful to the president who worked together with me for a long time and played a role that was sometimes like my parent and sometimes like my teacher and guardian, to Park Jin Young (we’ve decided to be best friends now), and to everyone at JYP.

Also, with the help of those around me, I’m going to start an independent label! I feel sadness too because we’ve been together for a long time, and doing something on my own is a bit scary, but I want to gather up strength and let you hear a lot of great things!

I’ll try to keep improving.
I’m always grateful for the support and love you give me!

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안녕하세요 예린이에요! 갑자기 날씨가 많이 추워졌는데 잘 지내고 계시나요? ⠀ 아쉽게도 저는 이번 14일을 기점으로 JYP와 계약이 끝나게 되었습니다. ⠀ 초등학생 때부터 지금까지 12년이라는 긴 시간을 JYP에서 보내며 열심히 달려왔습니다. 지금까지 멋지고 소중한 기회들을 선물 받았고, 지금도 부족하지만 저라는 사람이 되기까지 많은 것들을 가르쳐주셨으며, 선물해주셨습니다. 때로는 부모님처럼, 때로는 선생님과 보호자의 역할로 저와 오랜 시간 함께 노력해주신 사장님, 이제는 서로 베프가 되기로 한 박진영 피디님, JYP 내 모든 분들께 정말 감사드립니다. ⠀ 그리고 저는 주변의 도움을 받아 독립 레이블을 시작해보려 합니다! 오랜 시간을 함께 하여서 섭섭하고 아쉬운 마음도 들고, 혼자 무언가를 한다는 게 겁이 나기도 하지만, 힘내서 좋은 것들 많이 들려 드리고 싶어요! ⠀ ⠀ 앞으로도 더 좋은 모습 보여드릴 수 있는 예린 될게요? 보내주시는 응원과 사랑 늘 감사합니다!

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After signing with JYP Entertainment in 2007, Baek Yerin trained in South Korea and the United States until she debuted as a member of the duo 15& with Park Jimin in 2012. After their debut with “I Dream,” 15& went on to release songs including “Somebody,” “Can’t Hide It,” “Sugar,” and more.

Baek Yerin then made a solo debut in 2015, and she most recently released the mini album “Our Love Is Great” featuring the title track “Maybe It’s Not Our Fault” this March, which was a huge hit on the charts.

Park Jimin also parted ways with JYP Entertainment after the end of her contract in August.

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