G.R.L. Breaks Up Nearly 9 Months After Simone Battle's Death

By
Alexander Eggebeen
As of June 2, girl group G.R.L. has officially disbanded, according to Billboard.
"Nearly 9 months following the tragic death of band member Simone Battle, girl group G.R.L. announces today that they are disbanding," read a statement from Kemosabe Records, RCA Records, Larry Rudolph and Robin Antin to Billboard. "We wish them continued success in each of their next creative endeavors."
Battle passed away at the age of 25 in September 2014. Her death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The group tweeted heartfelt messages for Battle following her death, writing, "Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone's incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart. We will carry her memory with us in everything we do."
Helmed by veteran choreographer/director Antin and managed by Rudolph, the group was formed as somewhat of a reboot of the Pussycat Dolls in 2013 but never issued a debut album.
The remaining members of the group -- Paula Van Oppen, Natasha Slayton, Lauren Bennett and Emmalyn Estrada -- released the single "Lighthouse" in January as a tribute to Battle.