EXID’s next comeback will be Junghwa’s and Hani’s last as a part of Banana Culture, and perhaps as a part of EXID as a whole.
On May 3, Banana Culture Entertainment wrote the following statement:
“Hello, this is Banana Culture Entertainment.
Here’s our official entry regarding girl group EXID’s contract renewal.
The three members Solji, LE, and Hyerin have renewed their contracts with us. On the other hand, after a long discussion with the company, both Hani and Junghwa decided to find a new company to follow their own goals after their exclusive contract with us ends in late May 2019.
The three members who re-signed contracts with the company plan to focus on individual activities for the time being. Solji and LE will take advantage of their amazing singing and rapping skills as well as production abilities to prepare for their debut activities as solo artists in the future. Hyerin is thinking about working in television and music programs with her friendly image and multi-talented charisma. Instead of considering this as disbandment, members are also thinking of it more as a turning point from which they can take on new challenges.
Therefore, the members are also preparing for a new challenge before the turning point, not the disbandment of the group, and they are finding a way to work together in the future.
We will do our best to support the personal activities of Solji, LE, and Hyerin, and we will continue to provide our full help for the three members to be more active and diverse. Also, we would like to express our appreciation to Hani and Junghwa, who will leave the company, and we will sincerely support their activities in the future, although the official contract is over.
Please give support and encouragement to the five members of EXID who are about to make a new beginning.”
The group made their debut in February 2012 (Hyerin and Solji were not in the group yet) with the song “Whoz That Girl.” They had their breakthrough with the single “Up & Down” in August 2014 which became famous after a fan-recorded video of Hani performing the song. This made the song very popular and got it dominate the charts.
EXID will release their newest and last mini album on May 15 as a five-member group.