15&’s Baek Yerin Reveals She Has Left JYP Entertainment

She has decided to start fresh.

15&’s Baek Yerin has announced she has left JYP Entertainment after 12 years with the company.

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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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In her Instagram post announcing her leave, she revealed the last 12 years with the company were a great time for her.

Hello, it’s Baek Yerin!

The weather has suddenly become much cooler. How have you all been?

Unfortunately, on September 14, my contract with JYP Entertainment will end.

Ever since I was in elementary school, I have spent 12 years with JYP Entertainment and worked hard. I have received so many wonderful and precious opportunities, and I’ve been taught so much, it’s all been a gift, even though I am still lacking.

— Baek Yerin

She continued by thanking Park JIn Young for everything he has done for her, and updated her fans on her future plans.

I would sincerely like to thank all of the staff at JYP, the president of JYP, who sometimes would be like a parent, sometimes like a teacher, or a guardian. You have worked so hard for me. And also Park Jin Young. We have decided now that we would be each other’s best friends.

I’m going to be starting my own independent label with the help of my friends around me. I feel regretful and sad since we spent so much time together, and it is scary to start something by myself. However, I want to gain strength and give you all a lot of good music!

I’ll be Yerin who shows a better image of myself in the future.

I’m always grateful for your love and support!

— Baek Yerin

Just last month, Park Jimin announced she would also be leaving JYP Entertainment, which means their shared group, 15&, is now essentially disbanded. 15&’s last music release was back in February 2015, more than 4.5 years ago.

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