“I miss you and want to see you.”

The lyrics were written in tears. 2NE1’s CL cried while writing the lyrics of the group’s last song. It is a letter to MINZY, who left the group last year, and to their fans.

2NE1 sent a courteous farewell to their fans by releasing a new single titled “GOODBYE” on January 21. 2NE1 announced its disbandment in November last year, and “GOODBYE” will be 2NE1’s last new song. It is a song to console their heartbroken fans.

We wanted to know what was in the mind of 2NE1 members when they were writing the lyrics. We succeeded in calling CL on January 21 and hear about how much she loved being in 2NE1 during the last seven years. CL said that she will keep fit so that they can reunite after 20 years. We can see that she chose her words very carefully.

You’ve gone solo now. Do you feel lonely?

CL: “It’s been two years since I started preparing for my US solo album. I went through a lot in the US, and it was hard at times.”

So what did you do during the last two years? 

CL: “Mr. Yang helped a lot, but I had to work with a lot of teams and go through a lot. When I first joined YG, I was a trainee for two and a half years. During that time, I learned who I am as an musician and learned how Korea’s music industry works. And, I’ve spent two years for my US debut. I think that the two years were my training period. I’m a rookie in the US. I’ve learned how an album is made in the US and how musicians communicate with the public.”

You were already a member of a star group in Korea, and suddenly you announced your solo US debut. How was that for you?

CL: “It was awkward because I already had fans in the US. I did feel a lot of pressure. I was worried that fans might forget about me if I’m gone for too long. So I released “HELLO BITCHES” and “LIFTED”. Mr. Yang was a big help in Korea, and in the US, Scooter Braun made arrangements for me to appear on TV shows. I’ve got a lot of help from these two. I haven’t debuted officially yet, but I’m really thankful to them. I really want to debut officially this year and release an album. I hope that fans will be able to wait for me. I’ll make it up to the fans with a good album.”

You’ve already done many things in the US. 

CL: “I don’t want people to think that way. I haven’t even started yet. I’m still a trainee.”

What have you been focusing on during the past two years for your US debut? 

CL: “Pop in Korea and pop in the US are very different. I’ve spent the past ten years doing the music I like. The past two years was a time for me to learn about pop in the US, what people like, and what kind of music I want to do. I want my album to have a message, and so I thought about the message I want to convey. I’m happy I was able to find the answers to these questions during the past two years. I can’t wait for the fans to listen to my album.”

How did you find the answers?

CL: “I just realized as time went by. I wanted to release an album right away, but it can’t be done alone. I did many things. I listened to a lot of music, met a lot of people, and went through a lot of failures.”

What kind of failures? 

CL: “Failures about things. What I think is right is not always right. I’ve learned a lot from this. I’ve got to think a lot during the past two years, and I’m thankful that I’m getting a lot of help from people.”

Why did you want to debut in the US? 

CL: “It was my dream. When I auditioned for YG, I gave a demo tape to Mr. Yang. I remember telling him that my dream was to become a pop star in the US. I was 15 then. I’ve listened to a lot of pop songs since I was a child thanks to my dad. Pop had the biggest influence on my music. I grew up listening to pop and dreamt about becoming a singer and a singer in the US at that.”

Your first single “LIFTED” did well on the charts. It entered Billboard’s Hot 100. 

CL: “I’m thankful because it wasn’t a song in an official album. I’m practically a trainee, but I got to release a song. Mr. Yang really helped me out a lot.”

What is Mr. Yang to you? 

CL: “He’s like a dad to me, but I don’t get to see him often. There are a lot of guys in YG. So, I didn’t get the chance to really become close to him. But when I have an idea or if there is something that I really want to do, he listens to me and gives me the chance to do what I want. He really backs me up.”

He said during an interview that 2NE1 may reunite after some time like S.E.S. 

CL: “I see it happening too. Of course, all four of us have to agree, and the conditions have to be right too. I would be really happy if this happens someday.”

Will we be able to see a four-member 2NE1 after maybe 20 years? 

CL: “I’ll have to keep fit to sing ‘FIRE’ in 20 years time. As you all know, our songs are hard to sing live. Our dances are fierce too. I’ll be getting ready for that time.”

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