Update: Mnet Releases Official Statement Clarifying Meeting Held With X1 Members
Updated November 20 KST:
An official statement has been released regarding CJ ENM’s meeting with the X1 members.
In response to the previous reports, Mnet shared the following statement:
This is a notice from Mnet.
This past [November] 15 (Friday), we had a meeting with the X1 members.
This meeting was not to pressure the members about group activities, and it was not a meeting to decide whether or not the group will be maintained.
Regarding whether X1 will promote or not, a careful decision will be made by collecting opinions and coming to a mutual agreement with the members, their agencies, and staff.
We express our sincere apologies for causing concern due to our program, and we ask for your consideration in order for speculative reports to not cause harm to the X1 members.
CJ ENM and X1 had a meeting to talk about the group’s future.
On November 20, Joy News 24 reported that CJ ENM had a private meeting with the X1 members on November 15. This is the day it was announced that X1 would not be participating in the 2019 V Live Awards V HEARTBEAT, which they had been scheduled to attend.
According to the report, the CJ ENM staff asked the members about their thoughts on staying as a group, but the members each had different opinions and were unable to reach a decision.
Joy News 24 states that CJ ENM contacted each member’s agencies after the meeting and told them, “If the members want it, we will keep X1 as a team.”
A source from X1’s side confirmed to Joy News 24, “It is true that CJ ENM had a meeting with X1,” while a source from CJ ENM stated to MyDaily, “It is true that we met with the X1 members. It is also true that we are in contact with their agencies. Whether or not X1 will continue promoting will be decided on carefully after discussing with the members and related personnel.”
Previously, 10 individuals including CJ ENM producing director (PD) Ahn Joon Young and Starship Entertainment’s vice president were booked by the police for their involvement in manipulating the votes for Mnet’s “Produce X 101.”