The end of an era? Veteran idol group Jewelry are teetering on the verge of disbandment as their agency Star Empire Entertainment considers the future of the group.
On November 18, the company confirmed via statement, “Jewelry member Baby-J’s contract recently ended. Semi’s contract will end sometime this month.”
The girl group debuted in 2001, making them the longest running K-pop group still active today. However, Jewelry lost its last remaining original member in 2010 with the departure of Jungah. At that time, the group continued on as a four person unit before member Eunjong departed with the expiration of her contract earlier this year in March, leaving Baby-J, Semi and Yewon.
The spokesman adds, “[Baby-J]’s contract has already finished, but she hasn’t decided whether or not to re-sign. It’s currently a time to discuss re-signing.”
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With Baby-J (real name Ha Joo Yeon), 28, and Semi’s contracts already up and only Yewon, 23, remaining with a few years left, Jewelry’s future is questionable, sparking rumors that the group is finally finished.
Meanwhile, Semi, 24, is busy starring in MBC drama Boarding House 24th St, a show about young people living under a single roof. Concerning disbandment, a representative at Star Empire Entertainment explains, “When she is done, we will discuss the issue. The disbandment of Jewelry has not been decided yet.”