- Bang Showbiz
- 3 June 2015
Girl Group G.R.L have split up nine months after member Simone Battle committed suicide
G.R.L. have split up.
The girl group's management and record label has confirmed the band, made up of Paula Van Oppen, Natasha Slayton, Lauren Bennett and Emmalyn Estrada, have disbanded nine months after the untimely death of member Simone Battle.
A statement from their labels Kemosabe Records and RCA Records, their manager Larry Rudolph and choreographer Robin Antin said: "Nearly 9 months following the tragic death of band member Simone Battle, girl group G.R.L. announces today that they are disbanding.
"We wish them continued success in each of their next creative endeavours."
Simone passed away after committing suicide in September aged 25, although the girls had previously vowed they would stay together following the tragedy.
Lauren said in January: "There was never a question that we weren't going to break up. We didn't know what was going to happen - we really didn't even think about it. We just got back together and just continued to do what we're doing today, to stay close, and that's just how it is. That's where we are now."
She has since taken to Twitter to thank the band's fans for their support, writing: "Thank u all for ridin with GRL thru the tough times.. I know it's all a bit confusing but I love you all, and care never forget.(sic)"