No Official News About LOONA’s Disbandment
You’ve probably seen this hashtag often. Well, this hashtag spread through social media because of LOONA’s current situation. Many media reported that LOONA have disbanded. This condition, of course, has made many people confused, especially Orbits.
So, there is only one main question: is LOONA disbanding?
Until now, there has been no official news announced by Blockberry Creative (LOONA’s agency) that Loona will be disbanding sooner or later. The company is in debt and has a financial problem for the past years, so people are afraid that LOONA will disband as the impact. The fans even asked Elon Musk to save LOONA from their agency’s financial problem!
In this article, Channel-Korea will take you deeper into the circulating rumors of LOONA’s disbandment. Scroll down to find out the details!
LOONA’s Disbandment Rumors Spread Becase Blockberry Creative Is In Debt
LOONA’s agency, Blockberry Creative is in debt and people are assuming that LOONA will disband.
It has been reported that Blockberry Creative is currently dealing with financial problems. The agency doesn’t have enough funds to support the group, while thinking of ways to resolve the company’s internal issues. What are those issues? Check out the explanation below.
On September 28th, 2021, the whole story of Blockberry Creative’s financial crisis was published by Korean media. These media reported that the agency owed several billion KRW to other companies and outsourced staff. The company also has lists of ballooned payments to external suppliers who have previously worked with the group and its members.
Apart from the external parties, Blockberry Creative also faced conflicts with its internal staff. It was reported that the company failed to pay the salaries of its employees. Worst of all, these staff members are very crucial to the production and promotion of LOONA’s projects.
This problem caused Loona’s hairdressers, make-up artists, and stylists to stop working. This fact was proven by the staff; because many of them have admitted that the company hasn’t paid them well. However, the rest of the staff members remained silent regarding the situation.
One of the staff who publicly acknowledged this was the choreographer for “Paint The Town”, Kim Hwa-young. Hwa-young posted a picture on her Instagram account and told her followers that she hasn’t been paid since 2020.
She even remembered that the company had promised to pay for her work long ago. However, the company acted like she was invisible — no payment has been made by the company to Hwa-young.
She pressured the company to solve all its problems as soon as possible. In addition, she once emphasized to the company that she would continue working for the group because the members have worked really hard. She felt that she still had to be responsible for creating dance choreography for LOONA.
Because the recent situation has become much worse than before, Blockberry Creative decided to postpone all of its ongoing processes. However, the decision was only taken recently, even though the debt had been piling up for years. This condition makes LOONA’s disbandment possible at any time, especially if the company doesn’t immediately resolve these financial problems.
Fans Ask Elon Musk to Help LOONA
Orbits initially asked Elon Musk, CEO of Space X, as well as the world’s richest man, to help the group. Many Orbits thought that Musk needed to buy the company, to solve the company’s financial matters and prevent the disbandment.
The Orbits contacting Musk wasn’t really a random thing, since Musk is a fan of LOONA and member Gowon is his child’s godmother. Moreover, Musk’s ex-partner Grimes once worked with LOONA’s subunit yyxy. She contributed to the intro of “love4eva”, one of yyxy’s singles.
LOONA’s Drag Queen Fan, Kim Chi Tried To Help Blockberry Creative’s Financial Problems
A known Orbit, called Kim Chi also expressed his concern about the situation. However, he didn’t reveal it directly. The American drag queen expressed it by offering help for the group. This is the tweet sent by Kim Chi.
Dear @loonatheworld please respond to my emails! I can help y’all out!!!
— Kim Chi (@KimChi_Chic) September 30, 2021
We’re not sure if Kim Chi really meant to help the group, or just randomly (or jokingly) tweeted to get attention from Orbits. That tweet was responded to positively by Orbits. Some of them begged him to help LOONA, and some of them even asked him to become the head of the group’s company.
Until today, there has been no further news on whether Kim Chi has done anything to prevent LOONA from disbanding. One thing is for sure, Orbits are doing and will always do whatever it takes to prevent the disbandment.
Chuu Got Mistreatment by Blockberry Creative and Rumored To Leave The Agency
In June 2022, there was a rumor going around that Chuu will leave Blockberry Creative for a new agency, BY4M Entertainment. Especially, Chuu once revealed that the company hadn’t paid her for the past few months. Fansite master of Chuu also reported that Blockberry Creative didn’t give her manager to take care of her while she was doing solo schedules.
But, Blockberry Creative quickly responded to this rumor and said that it was groundless. They are willing to take legal actions for those who spread malicious posts and negative comments.
When Will LOONA Disband?
According to the 7-year contract, LOONA will probably disband in 2023 (7 years after their pre-debut project) or 2024 (7 years after their official debut). The condition is only applied if LOONA members don’t renew the contract. However, if LOONA members do the contract renewal, then LOONA’s disbandment will probably still as far as we can predict.
That’s all about LOONA’s disbandment rumors that you need to know. We hope that Blockberry Creative can resolve its financial problems soon. We also wish that whatever decision will be made regarding LOONA’s future, it will be the best decision for the members, the staff, and the Orbits.