It was recently revealed that NU’EST would cease promotions as a group following the end of their contracts with PLEDIS Entertainment.
The exclusive artist contract with NU’EST will be concluded as of March 14. Our company and the members of NU’EST went through careful considerations and discussions on the future of the individual members and on what would be the best path for everyone and how they can present their best selves.
NU’EST will cap off their official activities as NU’EST of PLEDIS Entertainment with their album that will be released in March. PLEDIS Entertainment wishes the best for the members’ new leap forward and growth, and will continue to cheer for their bright future ahead of them.
We would like to express once again our gratitude to L.O.Λ.E who have always stayed by NU’EST’s side. We ask you to give your unchanging love and support to the members as they embark upon the next chapter of their careers.
— PLEDIS Entertainment
The members shared their own personal messages to L.O.Λ.Es afterwards, thanking them for their support from their debut in 2012 to the end of their promotions in 2022. Check them out below.
First up, NU’EST’s leader JR explained that the disbandment was a personal choice of the members. They had plans to “pursue their own paths” in the near future.
Hi, this is NU’EST’s JR. It has been cold for the past few days, but that only means spring is right around the corner. I hope L.O.Λ.Es are doing well. I’ve been at this letter, writing and re-writing a dozen times because I don’t know how to begin. But, after a long time of careful consideration, the members decided to pursue their own paths from here on. Looking back, there hasn’t been a single day that I didn’t feel grateful—all through the time I trained to debut with NU’EST and through the 13 years I spent as NU’EST with the fans. I know that everything I’ve done has been made possible because I had L.O.Λ.Es and fellow members by my side. And so the thought of flying solo still frightens and intimidates me.
He’s thankful that his fans were by his side as he grew up. He also gave a shoutout to PLEDIS Entertainment for giving him a chance to debut as a then-unknown trainee.
And I know there are no words I could say right now to make L.O.Λ.Es feel better. There are no words I could say to express how much I loved and thought about L.O.Λ.Es either. Thank you, L.O.Λ.Es, for watching me grow through my teens and my 20s, and thank you for guiding me in the best direction at all times, too. I’m sincerely grateful and I love you all. This gratitude and love will always be present and ongoing, never in the past tense. I also deeply thank CEO Han Sung Soo and PLEDIS Entertainment for taking care of me, a clueless country boy, and making sure that I stay on the right track.
JR promised to continue to be “good and diligent” in his future pursuits. He thanked fans once again for supporting him as a NU’EST member.
Going forward, I’ll take it one step at a time—as I always have—to be good and diligent at whatever I do. And I promise to return with good news when the spring flowers bud and the summer breeze blows. Thank you for supporting NU’EST’s JR.
Aron similarly left a heartfelt letter to L.O.Λ.Es. He was grateful to have received so much love from his fans over the past decade.
Hello, L.O.Λ.Es. This is NU’EST’s Aron. I’m honestly at a loss as I write this letter right now and I don’t know what to say. I debuted as NU’EST in 2012 and to this day in 2022, I have been devoted to L.O.Λ.Es. Over the decade, I’ve had my share of difficulties and I even wanted to give up at certain points. But I overcame each and every time, all thanks to L.O.Λ.Es by my side. L.O.Λ.Es have taught me how to love, how to be grateful, and how to cherish everything. I also felt thoroughly loved, appreciated, and cherished, too and for that, I’m extremely thankful.
He continued, “It has been an honor to meet L.O.Λ.Es as a NU’EST member and I’m glad I got to spend all of the happiest, most precious moments of my life with L.O.Λ.Es. Thank you for presenting me with the gift of unforgettable memories.”
Aron was honest about feeling scared while thinking of the future, however, he found strength in his fans and the fact that they will “always be together.”
You made me so very happy. I’m terrified by the thought of having to do this alone now. But I know that we’re not actually parting ways and that we’ll always be together. So please don’t be sad. I promise to repay you for the tremendous amount of support I’ve received for the past decade, so please continue to stay with me every step of the way. I would truly appreciate that. And please continue to love and support the other NU’EST members as they shine in their own ways. L.O.Λ.Es, I’m truly sorry for this. And I thank you. I love you all so much.
NU’EST’s main vocalist, Baekho, began his message with an expression of awe at being a member of his group and reaching his dreams.
Hello, this is NU’EST’s Baekho. It has been an incredible ten years living as ‘Baekho,’ a member of NU’EST. And over the decade, I found myself a dream to pursue, made that dream come true, and even continued to dream of new things. Sometimes, I had the most unimaginable things happen to me. For all of that, I’m grateful.
He was able to be where he is today because of the ones who supported him through thick and thin.
I honestly did not think I’d be able to keep going for a whole ten years. To be here today, thanking my members and my fans, really means a lot to me. And I can’t stop thanking everyone who made this possible for me. Those years are what helped me survive all this time and I know they’re going to be what keeps me alive from now on. There have been times when I felt stuck and hopeless. But with every second I spent with L.O.Λ.Es, I realized that I want to stay like this for as long as possible and as steady as possible. So I can only promise that I’ll keep working hard and hope that we’ll be sharing even more feelings together, as we move forward one step at a time, together.
He ended his message with a line to his members: “Finally, to my fellow NU’EST members—I love you all.”
NU’EST’s Minhyun felt sad for bringing sad news of their disbandment just when fans were celebrating their ten-year anniversary since debut.
Hi L.O.Λ.Es, this is NU’EST’s Minhyun. I don’t remember the last time I wrote a letter by hand. But I decided to write today because there’s something I have to say—though I don’t really know where to begin, especially because I know that you all are happy and excited to be celebrating our ten-year anniversary.
Like the others, he also mentioned that the group’s disbandment was a mutual decision as all members wanted to start anew. He detailed exactly how thankful he is to his fans for helping him endure every obstacle that came his way. He hoped to repay them for the huge amount of support that they gave him through the last decade.
The agency, the members, and I thought and talked deeply about NU’EST’s future. And after careful consideration, we decided we’ll all seek new beginnings. For a decade, since debuting in 2012, I marched on without turning my head once. It was exhausting and made me want to cry at times, but it was possible for me to endure and overcome because I had L.O.Λ.Es to think about. It’s the love and support I got from L.O.Λ.Es that kept me going without falling apart; it has been my motivation and my reason.
Minyun said that L.O.Λ.Es made him “so happy” and that they taught him “how to love and how to be loved.”
I will never, ever forget the gratefulness I felt for L.O.Λ.E and I promise to repay you all for the love and support. Thank you, L.O.Λ.Es, for providing NU’EST with the warmest and happiest memories at all times. You all made me so happy. You taught me how to love and how to be loved. And so, in exchange, I promise to keep doing what I do best and working hard.
He wished that fans will continue to look after his fellow members—his “family” and “best friends”—in their future endeavors.
Finally, I ask that you stay by the other NU’EST members who are like my family and my best friends so we can all continue to shine.
Last but certainly not the least, maknae Ren was just as emotional as his NU’EST hyungs in his own handwritten letter.
Hello, this is NU’EST’s Ren. First of all, I apologize to L.O.Λ.Es for breaking this news when I know they’ve been waiting to hear about contract renewals more than anything. It feels like yesterday when I left my parents’ home at 16-year-old and started training to make my dream of becoming a singer come true. So it’s hard to believe it has been ten years since I debuted as NU’EST.
He noted that he had grown tremendously in the past decade. As a 1995-liner, Ren was only 17 years old (international age) when the group debuted with “Face.” He was able to right himself after any mistake with the help of his fans and loved ones.
I remember I caused some trouble as a young trainee not only because I missed my family but also because I felt so uncertain about the possibility of debuting. But I was able to work toward my goal, thanks to the members who grounded me. And all those years after my debut, I survived thanks to not only the members but also the supportive fans who always stayed by my side and helped me make amazing memories. Thank you, L.O.Λ.Es, for sticking with me and making my days whole and happy.
Ren hinted that his future career will be an “entirely different” path than his current one and that his history as a K-Pop idol will help motivate him to continue taking steps forward.
This has been a difficult decision to make, especially because of all the time we spent together… but I’m leaving NU’EST and taking a different direction from here on. I’m going to embark on a path that is entirely different from the one that I’ve been on—and so I’m kind of scared and cautious. But I want to be brave and take these steps forward. I don’t know what’s ahead for me and I can only imagine things are going to feel strange for a while. However, I know these years behind me will serve as motivation and help propel me forward as courageously as possible.
His current success was a result of the love and support that he received from his fellow members and fans. He thanked them once again for loving him as NU’EST’s Ren.
I could not be where I am today, had it not been for the members and L.O.Λ.Es who put their trust in me even though I may have lacked in so many ways. I will never forget this gratefulness I have for that and I promise to be confident wherever I go. Again, I truly appreciate the love and support that I received as NU’EST’s Ren over the years.
Following the end of their contracts, only Minhyun and Baekho have chosen to stay in PLEDIS Entertainment. The rest will pursue their future activities elsewhere.