X1, April, Glam, 2NE1 and Triple H disbanded after being entangled in serious controversies such as vote manipulating, bullying, and blackmailing.
In January, after the group’s bullying controversies became the center of attention, girl group April officially disbanded as the public had expected. In early 2021, April was accused by the younger brother of former member Lee Hyun Joo of bullying his sister for a long time, causing Hyun Joo to leave the group in 2016. Although the management company DSP Media firmly denied the allegation, April faced a wave of fierce criticism. The public announced a boycott of the group, forcing the group to suspend all of its activities in 2021.
In particular, member Lee Na Eun, who rose to stardom thanks to her appearance in the dramas “A-TEEN” and “Extraordinary You,” became the target of criticism after she was accused of school violence in March 2021. The influence of the scandal caused the female singer to lose many big advertising contracts. She was also removed from the cast of the drama “Taxi Driver.” Later, despite being proven innocent, Na Eun would hardly be able to return to showbiz activities.
In 2016, 2NE1, the first girl group of YG Entertainment, announced their official disbandment. While many fans expressed disappointment, some viewers said they were not surprised by the news, especially since 2NE1 has been on hiatus for many years following member Park Bom’s drug trafficking scandal.
In 2014, Park Bom was investigated for suspicion of smuggling banned substances via international post. Bom said that this was a parcel sent to her by a family member living in the US, and she did not know that the mental drug amphetamine was banned in Korea. Although not legally convicted, the female singer received backlash from the public. As the group went on hiatus, 2NE1 members focused on developing their individual careers. The group’s last stage was a surprise performance at the 2015 MAMA.
In 2017, the subgroup Triple H under Cube Entertainment debuted. 3 group members include female singer HyunA, Pentagon’s members Hui and Dawn (former stage name E’Dawn). However, the group was only active for a year.
In 2018, two members of the group, HyunA and Dawn, publicly dated. Initially, Cube denied the relationship, but the couple admitted that they started dating in 2016. According to Hankyung, after the news broke, Cube proceeded to cancel all planned schedules of Triple H, at the same time terminate the contract with HyunA and Dawn. Currently, both are active as solo singers at P-NATION. Recently, the couple announced their engagement.
X1 is the group that came out of the survival reality show Produce X 101 – season 4 of the hit series Produce 101. The group consists of 11 contestants with the highest votes from the audience. However, after only 5 months of operation, in June 2020, X1 disbanded due to the influence of the vote rigging scandal at the show.
The results of the investigation from the police showed that Ahn Joon Young, the production director of the Produce 101 series, accepted bribes from many entertainment companies to manipulate contestants’ rankings for all 4 seasons. This shocking revelation caused a backlash in the public, severely affected X1 and caused the group to disband.
In 2012, Glam debuted under HYBE, formerly BigHit Entertainment. Glu is generally known to the public as the first girl group of HYBE. However, the group’s active period lasted only 3 years. In 2014, Glam‘s activities were interrupted when actor Lee Byung Hun accused two women, including the member Da Hee, of blackmailing him.
In January 2015, Da Hee was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment, and Big Hit announced that the Glam members had terminated their contracts with the company, leading to the group’s disbandment. The serious influence of the scandal made the audience believe that Glam‘s scandal was the reason why HYBE did not recruit female trainees for many years. Currently, Da Hee works under the name Kim Si Won. She is the BJ at a famous live broadcast platform.