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G.R.L. Breaks Up Months After Tragic Death of Simone Battle

The all-female singing group G.R.L, – consisting of Lauren Bennett, Emmalyn Estrada, Natasha Slayton and Paula van Oppen – has broken up.

“Nearly 9 months following the tragic death of band member Simone Battle, girl group G.R.L. announces today that they are disbanding,” Kemosabe Records, RCA Records, Larry Rudolph and Robin Antin wrote in a statement (via Billboard). “We wish them continued success in each of their next creative endeavors.”

Tragedy struck the group last year when one of their members, Simone Battle, committed suicide at the young age of 25.

G.R.L. Premiere New Music Video for 'Lighthouse' In Loving Memory of Simone Battle - Watch Here!

G.R.L. have just unleashed their brand new music video for their latest single “Lighthouse“!

The ladies – Lauren Bennett, Paula Van Oppen, Natasha Slayton, and Emmalyn Estrada – dedicated the visual in loving memory of their former bandmate Simone Battle, who died of a reported suicide at age 25 earlier this year.

“We rehearsed the other day without her, and it’s just weird. But she was so passionate about singing and this group, and I feel like we’re keeping her memory alive by being together,” Emmalyn, 22, told People. “But right now we’re focused on the song and the positive message overall, about being together in hard times. We’re taking everything else one day at a time.”

“We learned so much from her,” Lauren, 25, continued. “In the video you can see her passion for performance, and you can see her strumming along to the music in the beginning. It’s us showing that she’s still part of the group. She’ll always be part of this group.”


G.R.L. – ‘Lighthouse’ Music Video

Charlize Theron Joins Sean Penn's Daughter Dylan at Nasty Gal Melrose Store Launch!

Charlize Theron takes a moment to pose for a photograph while attending the Nasty Gal Melrose Store Launch on Thursday (November 20) in Los Angeles.

The 39-year-old actress was joined by at the event by her boyfriend Sean Penn‘s daughter Dylan Penn, model Sami Miro, Azealia Banks, Christina Milian, and G.R.L‘s Emmalyn Estrada and Paula Van Oppen.

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The day before, Charlize and Sean, 54, rocked sunglasses while grabbing lunch at The Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica.

FYI: Charlize is wearing an EF Collection necklace.

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GRL's Simone Battle Pictured on Final Mag Cover (Exclusive)

Before her shocking death last week, Simone Battle and her GRL groupmates posed for the cover of Galore in what would become her final magazine photo shoot and interview.

The cover and interview quotes have been exclusively provided to JustJared.com. Here is what the girls had to share with the mag:

Simone on her beauty regiment: “1. Wash and exfoliate with one of those little face brushes you get from Sephora. 2. Use a little toner on a cotton pad to get those pores all cleaned out. 3. Moisturize 4. Paint on some brows! Haha I’m obsessed with brows. Even when I don’t feel like wearing makeup, good thick brows are a must for me!”

Natasha on her favorite song from their album: “It’s hard to choose but I am pretty obsessed with Rewind because of the overall 90s R&B vibe. It’s such a fun song to dance to but at the same time is also really a SINGER’S song!”

The girls on their favorite tour story: “We were performing at a show and one of our patrons gave Simone a two dollar tip. hay!”

For more from the girls, visit GaloreMag.com.

G.R.L. Girls Release Statement on Simone Battle's Death

The ladies of G.R.L. have tweeted out their first statement following the death of their group member Simone Battle.

“Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone‘s incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart,” the ladies said in a joint statement. “We will carry her memory with us in everything we do.”

Simone died of a reported suicide at age 25. She was found dead hanging in her closet on Friday morning (September 5) in her Los Angeles home.

We continue to send out our prayers to Simone‘s loved ones during this difficult time.

G.R.L. Premiere Their Music Video for 'Ugly Heart' - Watch Now!

Check out the premiere of G.R.L‘s latest music video for their song “Ugly Heart“!

The ladies – Lauren Bennett, Paula Van Oppen, Natasha Slayton, Simone Battle, and Emmalyn Estrada – get arrested after causing some trouble in the clip directed by Chris Marrs Piliero.

“Thank you for the positive feedback so far on the new music video,” Lauren tweeted. “Really appreciate it me dears ❤️.”

“Ugly Heart,” which was produced by Dr. Luke, serves as the lead single off their upcoming debut studio album, which is scheduled for release later this year via Kemosabe Records.


G.R.L. – ‘Ugly Heart’ Music Video!

G.R.L. Premiere Debut Single 'Ugly Heart' - Full Song & Lyrics!

Check out your first official listen of G.R.L‘s brand new song “Ugly Heart“!

The ladies – Lauren Bennett, Paula Van Oppen, Natasha Slayton, Simone Battle, and Emmalyn Estrada – are taking the spotlight after being featured on Pitbull‘s hit single “Wild Wild Love“.

“Ugly Heart,” which was produced by Dr. Luke, serves as the lead single off their upcoming debut studio album, which is scheduled for release later this year via Kemosabe Records.

Make sure to buy the catchy tune on iTunes now!


G.R.L. – ‘Ugly Heart’ Listen Now!

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