Break up rumors are just that, says 2NE1’s leader.
CL, the leader of Korean girl group 2NE1, put down the breakup rumors in a recent interview with Complex. She also discussed her upcoming debut into the American music market, and how she hopes to become an icon for Asian-Americans.
Not only did CL deny the breakup rumors, Complex reports that she found the idea humorous. “Everybody is speculating that your U.S. debut means that 2NE1 will break up,” said Complex’s interviewer, Donnie Kwak.
“That’s not true!” replied CL. “We just finished our tour and everybody gets to take a break now. It’s just I don’t get a break. [Laughs.]” The 2NE1 member’s long-awaited English release is in the works, but as she works on her album, there have been reports of the YG Entertainment idol group disbanding. Even though YG Entertainment denied the rumors last October, the rumors have not subsided due to 2NE1’s members solo activities.
In regards to breaking into the international music market, CL explained that she is motivated by the fact that there are so few internationally renowned Asian pop icons. “There are so many Korean people here-and Chinese and Japanese-but they don’t have one pop artist that they can look up to,” said the singer. “That’s kind of sad. I wish I could be that person for them to be proud of.”
Along with discussing rumors and her hopes, CL explained that she definitely won’t be changing her concept to fit into the American music scene.
“Well, you know my image when I was in 2NE1,” CL began. “And I’m not going to change that. I’m not against being beautiful or sexy or anything, but it’s just I have this-I don’t know how to say it-but I have this “cool” image that I want to keep.”
It is unknown when CL’s US album will be released, but she is working on it with musicians like Sean Garrett and The Black Eyed Peas.
2NE1’s CL had a special in-depth interview with The Wild magazine to celebrate her high-fashion pictorial in the December issue.
The magazine wrote an extensive editorial about the idol on its official website. The piece examines CL’s accomplishments, childhood in France and Japan, fashionista status and first steps into the world of Western pop. CL was asked about a variety of topics, from what inspired her to become a musician to what draws her to hip hop music specifically.
When asked if she felt any pressure representing contemporary music from Asia in the U.S., CL revealed, “I don’t feel pressured, and I don’t want to be. The thing is I have no example. There’s no one in front of me who has done this before. Maybe there were people who have tried, but I can’t really name anyone who was successful enough to be my mentor as an Asian woman. I definitely have a long way to go, but I’m just trying to do what I do and not make it too complicated. And I feel like I have the right people around me, a good team. YG has known me for a long time and they know my color, while Scooter Braun has very good taste.”
CL also talked about making female empowerment the main message of her music. She said, “I feel like Asian women are especially represented in a certain way all over the world. The image is very timid and obedient, and I’m the complete opposite of that. I want people to know we’re not always like that. When you look at the artists in J-pop or K-pop, there is a standard: 7 girls wearing the same clothes, very cute and shy. I just want to say there are stronger women like me. I like those groups too, but I want to let the world know that that’s not everything. Sending that message through music is what I do best. I want to lead by example.”
For her pictorial, CL donned Moschino from head to toe. She wore a sexy bandage dress, jean jacket with black straps, pink overalls, print sweatshirt, bright orange halter top and chunky gold jewelry. Her hair was styled in edgy, uneven layers and for her beauty look she relied on strong, dark cat-eye.
CL was recently featured in Skrillex’s “Dirty Vibe” music video with label-make G-Dragon.