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Dawn Richard Writes Open Letter About Danity Kane Breakup

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There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the Danity Kane breakup, in particular, what happened between Dawn Richard and Aubrey O’Day, which was reportedly the catalyst for the group’s split.

On Saturday (Aug. 9), Richard posted a letter on her personal Facebook page to explain her position in the dissolution of the group.

The R&B singer didn’t address the alleged fight between her and O’Day in the studio, in which she allegedly punched her head, which resulted in the police being called. However, she did apologize to her fans about the sudden breakup. She writes:

I am sorry to everyone that this news has to come out. You’re worth more. Certain choices were made that I am not proud of. However, I will not be disrespected. Once again, I am sorry to the fans as this should have been handled privately not publicly. I continued to work with both parties to try to release the album even when the original story was leaked without anyone being consulted.

I have been unable to release my statement via Danity Kane social media because my access to all Danity Kane social media pages has been blocked by DK members. This forces me to make my statement on my personal page. This could have all been handled privately; however, certain parties chose to make this public before it could be rectified. I am not justifying my actions. I am saying this was all done before any changes or conversations could even be had.

As we previously reported, O’Day and DK member Shannon Bex posted lengthy farewell letters to their fans on the group’s Twitter page. Both expressed regret about the breakup, but felt it was the only solution after O’Day endured physical violence by another member.

“My desire is to genuinely apologize to everyone who has poured their time, heart and energy into us. So many lives have been affected by this chain of events,” Bex wrote.

This is not the first time Danity Kane separated. In 2009, DK called it quits after they released their second album, ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse.’

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