Recently, we looked at the 36 K-Pop idols that ended up leaving their group in 2022. It’s not uncommon for some members to withdraw from their respective K-Pop group each year, but for some reason, 2022 seemed particularly rough in that regard! And not only were there dozens of idols that left their group this year, but a whopping 19 K-Pop groups also disbanded in the last twelve months. Here are all 19 of those groups, and what we know about their disbandment.
APRIL, who debuted on August 24, 2015, officially disbanded on January 28. It happened about a year after several of the members were accused of bullying former member Hyunjoo, and even though the accusations were denied by the members and DSP Media took legal action for defamation, it seems that they never recovered from the scandal. Their last release was the 2020 single album Hello Summer.
WeGirls, who debuted on August 31, 2018, officially disbanded in March. It came after a year of inactivity from the group, though little is known about why they disbanded. The disbandment was only made known to fans through a DM to member Yehana, with no actual announcement from their label.
TRCNG, who debuted on October 10, 2017, officially disbanded on March 28. Each of the members, besides Siwoo (who didn’t have social media), released personal statements about their choice to leave TS Entertainment and thanking fans for their support. Four of the members have since gone on to re-debut in a new group, APR PROJECT. Two former members, Taeseon and Wooyeop, had formerly sued the label for abuse and mismanagement, which many believe played a part in the disbandment.
NU’EST, who debuted on March 15, 2012, officially disbanded on March 14. Their ten-year contracts all ended at that point, with Ren, Aron, and JR deciding to leave the company rather than re-sign while Baekho and Minhyun stayed with Pledis Entertainment. It seems like it was just time for the members to pursue their own individual careers after a decade together.
ARIAZ, who debuted on October 24, 2019, officially disbanded on April 10. Members Yunji, Hyogyeong, and Yeori terminated their contracts with Rising Star Entertainment, resulting in their withdrawal from the group. While no straightforward announcement of their disbandment has been shared, the group’s social media platforms have been silent since then.
6. HOT ISSUE
HOT ISSUE, who debuted on April 28, 2021, officially disbanded on April 22. Their disbandment was announced through a message from their label, S2 Entertainment, though no particular reason for the decision was shared apart from it being the result of a long discussion with the agency and members.
LUNARSOLAR, who debuted on September 2, 2020, officially disbanded on May 22. The announcement came abruptly with the revelation that the members’ contracts with JPlanet Entertainment had been terminated, for reasons still unknown, though it sounds like it was a mutual agreement.
G-reyish, who debuted on June 1, 2017, officially disbanded on May 31. Similarly to LUNARSOLAR, the disbandment came after it was announced that the members ended their exclusive contracts with their label, Big Ocean ENM, after a lot of discussions between them.
CLC, who debuted on March 19, 2015, officially disbanded on June 6. It came months after members Seungyeon and Yeeun left Cube Entertainment after the expiration of their contracts, who were the third and fourth members to leave the label after Elkie and Sorn departed in February 2021 and November 2021 respectively. Sorn later shared that their reason for leaving and, eventually, disbanding was that their label wanted to start promoting them more as individuals than as a group, and that they saw no reason to stay with Cube Entertainment if that was going to be the case. There were rumors of abuse and mistreatment as well.
I.C.E, who debuted on November 16, 2015, officially disbanded on July 20. They announced their disbandment on Instagram, with the reason being that their contracts with HS Entertainment had ended and they decided not to renew them.
REDSQUARE, who debuted on May 19, 2020, officially disbanded on June 12. The disbandment was assumed after several of the members rebranded under a new name, IRRIS, in June, with Mellow Entertainment thought to be their new label. They re-debuted as IRRIS on July 6, and are continuing to promote under their new name and label.
BlingBling, who debuted on November 17, 2020, officially disbanded on July 25. The members decided they wanted to pursue individual careers rather than as a group, and terminated their contracts with label MAJOR9 after coming to a mutual agreement.
GIRLKIND, who debuted on January 17, 2018, officially disbanded on August 13. The reason for their disbandment was due to “internal issues,” according to label Next Level Entertainment, and that the group could no longer be maintained, leading to their immediate termination.
BOTOPASS, who debuted on August 26, 2020, officially disbanded on August 25. The decision was made after three of the members — Jiwon, Seoyoon, and Cui Xiang — decided to terminate their contracts with label WKS ENE, while Mihee, a contestant on My Teenage Girl, decided to renew hers. Because of their different career desires going forward, this led to the group disbanding.
15. Blue Fox
Blue Fox, who debuted on October 12, 2018, officially disbanded on September 5. Their situation is a little confusing, however, because although they announced their official disbandment due to personal and health issues, three of the members — Junhee, Yeonji, and Ayeon — were seen performing only 12 days later on September 17, and continue to make appearances at festivals and concerts. And so, their actual status is pretty unknown.
HINT, who debuted on March 31, 2017, officially disbanded on September 27. Their label, Starpro Entertainment, didn’t release an announcement, and the disbandment was made known to fans through the members posting the announcement on Instagram. No reason for their disbandment has been given.
D-CRUNCH, who debuted on August 6, 2018, officially disbanded on November 9. Their label, Ai Grand Korea, made the announcement on the group’s fan cafe, saying that the decision was made after discussion with the members. It came only three weeks after Dylan‘s departure from the group due to health reasons, and several months after their last comeback with single album Addiction in March 2022.
BVNDIT, who debuted on April 10, 2019, officially disbanded on November 11. Their label, MNH Entertainment, said the decision was made after lengthy discussions with the members and the termination of their exclusive contracts after they came to a mutual agreement.
BugAboo, who debuted on October 25, 2021, officially disbanded on December 8. As with other groups on this list, the decision was made after conversations with the members and the agreement to terminate their exclusive contracts. It came only months after their last comeback, Pop, back in June.