Fans of the group ELRIS have recently discovered some changes to the members’ social media accounts that may point to the group’s disbandment.
ELRIS debuted in 2017 under Hunus Entertainment with the members Bella, Hyeseong, Yukyung, Sohee, and Karin. In February 2020 when the group released their fourth mini-album, Jackpot, they added two new members: EJ and Chaejeong.
Since Jackpot, the group has not released new music, though they have stayed active on social media. Fans of the group, known as BLRIS, noticed that some of the members updated their social media to not include any mention of ELRIS.
Yukyung’s Instagram account used to have a tag for the group’s official account in her bio. However, she has changed it to now tag the company’s account instead. Furthermore, she has unfollowed all accounts and currently follows none.
Chaejeong’s Instagram bio previously said, “ELRIS Chaejeong,” but now only says “Chaejeong.”
Sohee used to have an Instagram highlight titled, “ELRIS.” That highlight has recently been deleted, though her bio still includes the group’s name.
Fans noticed that Karin also had the company’s account tagged in her profile, but one user noted that Karin’s bio had always tagged this account instead of ELRIS’s.
Some are saying that Karin did it too, but her bio was always “@ hunus_ent” (see screenshot from August 2 and today)
We don’t know why this happened but let’s not jump to conclusions yet. They still follow ELRIS account on Instagram, Sohee still has ELRIS on her bio and + pic.twitter.com/OegbYH4CVM
— ELRIS International (@elris_int) September 2, 2021
BLRIS are concerned over these discoveries as they believe it may hint towards the group disbanding.
I think all Nugu stans know what thie means 😔 It saddens me how these companies waste the talent and time of these girls, I just wish they can find their path and be happy.
— Andrea Z | (@AndreaZzz7) September 2, 2021
Some are hopeful that the group is not disbanding, but rebranding under a different name. Furthermore, because the other members still mention the group on their social media accounts, fans speculate it may be a change in the member line-up.
what if they’re rebranding instead of disbanding? 🥴😭😭😭😭
— elris fans! 엘리스 팬! (@ElrisBlris) September 2, 2021
The group’s official Instagram account remains online. The most recent post was on August 19. Most recently, Bella opened up a YouTube channel using her birthname, Yoona. ELRIS and Hunus Entertainment have not officially spoken on the matter yet.