Speculations of the group breaking up were widespread after news of the members' expiring contracts, and JYP Entertainment confirmed the news on January 26.
Here is JYP's full statement:
“Hello, this is JYP Entertainment. We are announcing that Wonder Girls, after 10 years, is disbanding.
“The decision happened after much discussion among the members and with our agency. Yubin and Hyerim of Wonder Girls have re-signed with JYP Entertainment, and they will be continuing with music, acting, MCing, and other activities.
“Yeeun and Sunmi, after much deliberation, have decided to leave JYP Entertainment.
“As a thank you to all the fans that stayed faithful to Wonder Girls over the past 10 years, the group will be releasing a final digital single on February 10, their 10th anniversary.
“Thank you to all the fans all around the world for being with us, JYP and Wonder Girls, for 10 years.”
The members of Wonder Girls also left farewell messages for their fans in a video:
Yeeun: “It's already been 10 years since we've been together. All the moments that we laughed, cried, and were happy and sad together went by like a kaleidoscope. Thank you for giving us memories that we'll take with us forever.”
Sunmi: “A lot of things happened during these 10 years. To all the fans that supported us, trusted us, and waited for us… my heart aches, giving you sad news. I'm sorry, and thank you.”
Yubin: “To Wonderful, with your never ending support and trust, Wonder Girls was so loved for 10 years. Always, with thanks, I will treasure all of our moments together.”
Hyerim: “Whenever you start to miss us, I hope that our songs, filled with memories, will be of comfort to you. Though it may be hard now, we'll do our best to become a source of strength to you.”
All: “Thank you, thank you, and thank you again. We were so happy. Those days were like a dream. Remember us… We are Wonder Girls.”