Learn More About These Talented and Hard-Working Former Girl-Group Members
The Korean entertainment industry produces many idol girl-groups from rigorous training of their trainees. Many of those groups end up disbanding because of bad management, lack of publicity, earning small revenues, or simply because of the member’s lack of skill and talent. Prominent members leave the group and choose another career path because they have received a better contract from Another agency. From the second generation of girl-groups, like Girls Generation, Wonder Girls, 2NE1, Kara, and Secret, only a few have managed to stay popular and productive as global icons.
Wonder Girls, 4 Minute, Kara, 2NE1, and Secret were some of the hottest and most popular idol girl-groups in the middle of the 2000s. Unfortunately, after achieving popularity and widespread attention, they all disbanded and the members went their separate ways to pusue their own individual projects. The former idols must work tirelessly as individuals, hosting TV programs, performing in musicals and plays, and playing in small or leading roles in TV dramas to stay relevant amid waves of new, fresh faces of Korean idols. In this article, Channel-Korea will tell you about former girl=group members who’ve worked hard in the Korean entertainment industry. So, stay tuned!
Wonder Girls’ Sun-ye and Yubin
Wonder Girls is a Korean girl group that was formed by JYP Entertainment in February, 2007. The group originally debuted with five members: Yeeun, Sunye, Sunmi, Hyuna and Sohee. Hyuna left the group in July, 2007. In 2013, JYP announced Wonder Girls’ was going on hiatus, and later that year announced Sunye and Sohee’s departure. Wonder Girls officially disbanded on January 26, 2017, after failures in contract negotiation.
Sun-ye went through family hardship in her early and teenage life. Her mother passed away and her father was a bed-ridden invalid. Because of that, she was raised by her grandparents. After suffering from bad health for 20 years, her father died in 2010. Perhaps due to her family situation, she devoted her life to charity and missionary work. In 2014, Sun-ye and her husband left for a planned 5 year missionary trip in Haiti. On January 30, 2019, she delivered her third daughter, Madison. After her departure from the music industry, her only appearance was as a mysterious singer on Episode 166 of The King of The Mask.
Yubin debuted as solo artist on June 5, 2018, by releasing her first solo album, titled City Woman. One of the tracks from her solo album was un-released after an allegation of similarities with a Japanese song.
Yubin appeared on JTBC’s variety show K Pop Challenge and Mnet’s The Call 2 in 2019. On July 2, 2019, in an interview with MBCEveryone’s Videostar, she confessed that she felt hollow and sad after Wonder Girls’ disbandment. From Wonder Girls’ debut in 2009 until their disbandment in 2017, her life was spent with the group. For 10 years, she worked and lived as part of Wonder Girls, but suddenly it disappeared, emptiness started filling her life.
4minute’s Ji-yoon, Ga-yoon, Ji-hyun and Soo-hyun
4minute was a girl-group formed by Cube Entertainment in 2009. The members were Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-A or Hyuna, and Kwon So-hyun. They debuted with their single, “Hot Issue”, on June 15, 2009. A week after their debut, an unknown person broke into their van and stole the group’s clothing and other items. Hyuna was their most famous and popular member. Perhaps her popularity and individual projects were the main reason behind 4minute’s disbandment. 4minute disbanded on June 13, 2016, following contract termination.
After the group disbanded, Ji-yoon signed an exclusive contract with her new agency, JSE&M. She debuted as solo artist on November 2, 2016. She chose to change her stage name from Jiyoon to Jenyer. Being a prolific artist, she released eight albums since her solo debut, basically producing three albums every year. Other than producing albums, Ji-yoon appeared on television in several variety shows, Donga TV’s Beauty and Beauty, Mnet’s Unpretty Rapstar, and Naver TV’s Trade King’s Secret Code. Initially, she was a singer but she learned to rap during her appearance in Unpretty Rapstar.
Heo Ga-yoon’s latest appearance in the entertainment industry was in the 2018 movies The Drug King and Too Hot to Die. In June, 2019, she posted pictures of her and other former members, Ji-yoon and So-hyun, to celebrate a decade of their career since they first debuted as 4minute members.
After 4minute disbanded, Ji-hyun had no further problem pursuing career in acting. She changed her name from Nam Ji-hyun to Son Ji-hyun to kickstart her acting career. She is a prolific actress and performs as the leading role in many dramas and movies. In 2018, Ji-hyun appeared as the female leading role in TV Chosun’s Grand Prince and Naver TV’s Monkey and Dog Romance. Recently she performed in tvN’s When The Devil Calls as the female lead role’s best friend.
During her activity with 4minute, So-hyun received bad comments from anti-fans. She almost decided to quit the group because of the negative comments from anti-fans in a local online community. She started her debut in acting by taking the female leading role in the 2014 movie Hwanggu. She played the girlfriend of an aspiring national tae kwon do athlete who happened to be born from a mixed married couple. Her acting brought attention and earned her praise from viewers. In 2019, she appeared in the leading role in two dramas, OCN’s Class of Flies and SBS’ My Secretary Life. She also performed in the 2019 movie Birthday, as Eun Bin.