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Why is Brockhampton breaking up? Group announces 'indefinite hiatus'

Amber Peake January 15, 2022
Why is Brockhampton breaking up? Group announces 'indefinite hiatus'
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Hip-hop group Brockhampton have announced they are going on an “indefinite hiatus” in a statement on Instagram this week with fans curious to know why Brockhampton is breaking up.

Brockhampton had 13 members and was founded in 2010. Its current members included vocalists Ciarán McDonald, Dom McLennon, Kevin Abstract, Jabari Manwa, Matt Champion, William Wood Jr and Russell Borning. Other members of the group were producers Kiko Merley and Romil Hemnani as well as manager Jon Nunes, photographer Ashlan Grey, graphic designer Henock Sileshi and web designer Robert Ontenient.

The group released its debut mixtape All American Trash in 2016 and reached Billboard’s Hot 100 with the hit Sugar, which featured on their 2019 album Ginger. Despite their success, the group announced they would be splitting this week, and fans want to know why.

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Brockhampton announce ‘indefinite hiatus’

On Friday (14 January), via a statement on Instagram, Brockhampton confirmed they are breaking up as it was announced they would take an “indefinite hiatus”.

The statement also revealed their upcoming tour dates have been cancelled but the group will still honour their London shows at the O2 Academy Brixton and Coachella.

As per NME, tour dates followed the release of 2019 album Ginger were postponed due to covid-19, with the shows rescheduled for this year. However, only the two London dates will now go ahead.

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Why is Brockhampton breaking up?

In the statement announcing their hiatus, the specific reason for the hip-hop collective splitting wasn’t specified but Brockhampton founding member Kevin Abstract has previously hinted the move was coming on Twitter.

In March last year, he hinted the group could part ways as he revealed that, while there would be two 2021 releases by the band, they would be their last:

Kevin Abstract went on to address speculation surrounding Brockhampton’s future on Twitter in May as he admitted the 13-member collective wanted to take a breather after a decade to focus on their own projects:

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Fans react to Brockhampton break-up news

Brockhampton fans are understandably upset by the news of the group’s upcoming hiatus with many reacting to the announcement on Twitter:

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.