“Hello Bitches” (2015)
CL continued her comeback as a solo artist with the song “Hello Bitches”. The song, originally a collaboration with M.I.A., was titled “Asian Bitches” but was later renamed with CL stating “the theme was too categorized. You cannot sing along with ‘Asian Bitches’, you know?” About the song, CL told Noisy’s Jakob Dorof “It’s not an official single but more of a street single.”
“I’m going to give a little surprise video to excite the fans who have been waiting while I prepare for my solo album. It’s a good way of presenting me, and it’s for everyone around the world to see where I am from and to keep it authentic.”
Unfortunately, the controversy again became a conversation for the song “Hello Bitches”. After facing mounting criticism on social media for incorporating verses from the Quran into a song on her Hello Bitches Tour, the K-pop star apologized and promised to remedy the situation.
“To anyone I have offended, I sincerely apologize for my mistake,” wrote CL. “I take responsibility for not realizing this sooner. My intention was never to use this version.”
The original version of “MTBD” was switched out for CL’s performance in Dallas on November 6, 2015, and the following shows in Atlanta, Chicago, and Toronto also featured the updated track.
The song initially evoked outrage when it was released as a solo track by CL off of 2NE1’s 2014 album, Crush, provoking accusations of appropriation and racism directed at the group, its company and K-pop as a whole. After fans and the Korean Muslim Federation demanded the song’s redaction due to its affront to Islam. CL’s agency, YG Entertainment, altered the song so that digital copies and performances of “MTBD” no longer contained the Quran verses. The resurgence of the problematic version of “MTBD” during the Hello Bitches Tour upset many who felt CL and her team should have studied controversies related to the song.
In her apology, CL also wrote that they have since swapped out “MTBD” for the alternate version and that she had requested her engineer to “Delete the old version completely and forever.”
2NE1’s CL’s Boyfriend
The popularity of CL is increasing because many parties admire the figure of CL on stage. CL is also involved in many rumors of relationships with other artists. Some of these rumors claim CL has a special relationship with British model Ash Stymest among others.
2NE1’s CL has not been public when it comes to her relationships. Unlike her fellow idols who like show off their boyfriends, CL has been very quiet. Though she has had several rumors related to dating, she has not come out to accept or deny any of them.
CL is also rumored to be dating a graphic designer. The rumors sparked when some netizens saw some similarities in CL’s and the designer’s Instagram post. Though it has not been confirmed, the two are also seen wearing the same clothes and accessories. The two are rumored to have met through an introduction by 2NE1’s coordinator YangGang. The two then started seeing each other and fell in love. The two are also occasioned together on several occasions. One may say its coincidence, but this is too obvious.
There are other rumors which came out that 2NE1’s CL is dating Mino of WINNER. The speculations started when pictures of the two started popping up on media. The pictures which appeared on October 21, 2015, show the two hanging out at a hotel. However, the management of 2NE1 and Winner, YG Entertainment, came out strongly to deny the rumors. In a statement, the management said it was ridiculous and laughable for people to start such rumors. They said the photo which claimed the two were dating was photoshopped and can not be true. The statement said there is no way the rumors can be substantiated and should be disregarded.
Ash Stymest was in 2NE1’s 2014 music video “Gotta Be You” and is known to have maintained an ongoing friendship with CL, but many speculate that they have been more than friends. Some netizens are saying, “Maybe he is a big fan and that’s why he has that tattoo,” but many more guess that the two had dated in the past. International fans, who are probably the first to notice the model and CL’s development, are saying that this is the news, but it is certainly hitting Korea just now.
2NE1’s CL and Dara
Even though it has been disbanded, the friendships in 2NE1 have always been good. For example, Dara and CL support each other and look after each other.
One day, CL invited Dara to her Christmas party. When Dara arrived, CL warmly welcomed her with a big hug and also complimented Dara for wearing the fur coat she recommended to her. CL then suggested the two exchange fur coats as her own black one matched better with Dara’s outfit that day. CL also tried on Dara’s brown fur coat, but then realized it was a bit too tight. Frustrated at the tiny size, CL revealed, “We all had to lose weight during the 2NE1 days because of Dara eonni. I’m not sure how to look next.”
Even the main vocalist of 2NE1, Park Bom, says CL and Dara always took good care of her. “They’re really nice to me. Dara and CL, they are taking care of me really well,” she said.
The incident occurred while 2NE1 was in Japan during the 2011 earthquake. In a terrifying set of circumstances, Sandara ended up getting stuck on the 34th floor of a hotel during the earthquake. She panicked and tried to reach someone through the hotel phone.
CL was the one who picked up the phone and immediately sprung into action. She told Dara to wait and ran up all 34 floors to grab Dara. It was revealed later that the whole building was shaking during this incident as the earthquake was still fresh. During the entire rescue, CL put on a brave face and attempted to remain calm for Sandara’s sake. However, after she was able to make it up safely and bring Dara back down, CL confessed she was absolutely terrified. She revealed her most intimate thoughts at the moment, sharing that she “thought they might die”.
When they have spare time, CL and Dara must have time to meet and tell each other about their activities.
Wallpaper of 2NE1’s CL
Many fans who edit CL’s photos make them into wallpapers. Let’s see some wallpapers made by CL’s fans!