This might came as a shock…but Danity Kane is — once again — calling it quits.
We could hardly believe it either.
Members Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex announced the news in a lengthy post to the group’s Tumblr page on Friday. The decision to pull the plug comes just days after TMZ reported that O’Day and bandmate Dawn Richard came to blows in a Los Angeles studio earlier this week.
Richard is now under investigation for assault.
“During a recent group meeting, a business conversation took a turn for the worst when my group member punched me in the back of my head while I was speaking to another associate. To be clear, she was not physically engaged or threatened prior to her attack on me. This is the same information I provided to the police and witnesses also corroborated this account of the incident. I cannot condone or excuse any form of physical violence, particularly at the hands of someone I considered family. Disagreements happen. But a war of words and ideas should never end in physical aggression.”
Bex, who reportedly tried to break up the melee before cops had to be called, seemed to back up O’Day’s account of the events, writing that she recalled witnessing a “single punch” and not a “catfight.”
Danity Kane has been plagued by drama ever since finding fame on MTV’s Making the Band. The one-time platinum-selling quintet split in 2009 after being dropped by Diddy’s Bad Boy records. The group reemerged in 2013, without original members D. Woods. Fourth member Amber left the group earlier this year.
Both Bex and O’Day seemed disappointed that this latest incarnation of DK has been short-lived.
“We know it must be devastating for our fans to have spent the last twelve months supporting our every move, and for that we cannot apologize enough. We share your frustration and anger! We spent a year living on each other’s couches, sacrificing any solo opportunity that came our way, finally finished our comeback album, and were days away from filming three music videos for you that would have played out as a short movie. We lived on calls, traded endless e-mails, and sat in meeting after meeting to bring together an amazing team of producers, agents, directors, and styling teams with no manager in place. We were at the finish line. We wish, more than anything, that our time, our team’s time and most importantly your time as fans, was not taken for granted and carelessly disregarded. If this ending was in our control, please understand that we would have done everything in our power to move things forward.”
Both women implored fans not to give end on the idea of girl groups — and ultimately, Sisterhood.
“It is infinitely harder to make a group work than a solo act, and that was the attraction and excitement for us. We wanted to succeed when confronted with the ultimate challenge. We may not have been able to get everyone on the same page. However, we still remain committed to the idea that talented women can come together to create something bigger than themselves. When that moment happens, true history will be made.”