Danity Kane's pop comeback has been dealt a blow after singer Aundrea Fimbres announced she is leaving the group as she is pregnant and engaged to wed. Fimbres reunited with Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex and Aubrey O'Day last summer (13) to plan a new assault on the charts, four years after they split, and they kicked off their No Filter tour in San Francisco, California on Friday night (16May14), hours after unveiling their new single, Lemonade.
However, fans of the Damaged hitmakers were in for a surprise during the show when Fimbres revealed she was stepping down from the line-up.
Growing emotional, the 30 year old told the crowd, "I do have to say one thing if you guys don't know. I just recently got engaged.
"Two dreams of mine have been to be a singer and be on stage like this and to have a family. In a couple of months, that's all about to come true. I'm going to get married...
"I've gotten to do some amazing things with Danity Kane, but it's time for me to start the next chapter in my life. So I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart... I love you so much. And I just wanted you guys to know from me."
Rumours of Fimbres' departure began swirling following the release of Lemonade on Friday, after fans noticed the cover art for the track only featured three young girls, appearing to depict O'Day, Richard and Bex, running a lemonade stand.
Danity Kane, which was formed by Sean 'Diddy' Combs on 2005 reality show Making the Band 3, will continue as a trio and is expected to release its first album in six years later this year (14).
Original member D. Woods is not part of the reunion.
Newly reunited girl group Danity Kane are set to cement their comeback with a North American tour. Dawn Richard, Aundrea Fimbres, Shannon Bex and Aubrey O'Day announced they were putting the group back together last August (13), and now they are preparing to head out on the road for a 13-city tour in May (14).
A statement from the group reads: "To our fans: Danity Kane is doing this for you.
In addition to the tour, the group is slated to release an album later this year (14).
Sean 'Diddy' Combs created the group in 2005 during reality TV show Making the Band 3 and signed them to Bad Boy Records. In 2009, he fired the entire band with the exception of Dawn Richard.
Former Danity Kane star D. Woods has confirmed reports the band will be reuniting in public at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sunday night (25Aug13) - but she won't be a part of the get together. The singer has opted to sit out of the reformation, but she wishes her former bandmates well.
In a statement released on Sunday, just hours before the start of the awards show, Woods wrote, "Much love to the ladies of DK!! They have decided to reunite and I, like our amazing fans, will be cheering them on."
She added, "For the past couple of years, myself and the other DK members have been working on other projects individually, such as music, film, television, theater and philanthropy and I have recently signed on to several projects that will have me committed for the next year."
The remaining members of the group, Aubrey O'Day, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richard and Aundrea Fimbres will announce their reunion plans at the MTV VMAs four and a half years after the band split.
Danity Kane, the girl band Sean 'Diddy' Combs' helped create on his reality show Making The Band 3, are reuniting at the MTV Video Music Awards. Aubrey O'Day, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richard and Aundrea Fimbres will hit the red carpet at the prizegiving on Sunday (25Aug13), according to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
The quartet announced plans for a comeback earlier this year (13) - four years after breaking up.
Danity Kane were formed in 2005, but split just over three years later shortly after O'Day and Wanita Woodgett quit during a heated showdown on Making The Band 4.
In January, 2009, Richard confirmed the band was no more.
During their brief run, Danity Kane became the first female group in U.S. chart history to debut their first two albums at the top of the Billboard 200.
Danity Kane, the all-girl group Sean 'Diddy' Combs created, are planning a reunion, according to a U.S. report. Four original members of the five-piece - Aubrey O'Day, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richard and Aundrea Fimbres - were spotted lunching together in Los Angeles on Monday (13May13) and sources tell TMZ.com the girls are getting back together professionally.
Fifth member Wanita 'D. Woods' Woodgett was not in attendance at the meet-up and it is as yet unknown if she will be a part of the rumoured reunion.
Diddy created the group in 2005 during reality TV show Making the Band 3 and signed them to Bad Boy Records. In 2009, Diddy fired the entire band with the exception of Richard.