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It's been a year since girlband G.R.L. announced they were parting ways after struggling to recover from the tragic death of band member Simone Battle.

But, according to the Mirror, the Ugly Heart hit-makers – who were last seen touring with Meghan Trainor in Australia – are set to reunite.

A brief statement on the band's management's website says: "G.R.L. are back. Watch this space."

When 25-year-old Simone Battle died by suicide in 2014, her bandmates were determined to continue making music and performed the song Lighthouse in her memory.

But nine months later their management released a statement to Billboard stating they were breaking up.

It read: "Nearly nine months following the tragic death of band member Simone Battle, girl group G.R.L. announces today that they are disbanding. We wish them continued success in each of their next creative endeavors."

Although the details of their reunion are not yet known, we're excited to hear that the girls are back together.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by suicide or simply want to talk, you can contact Samaritans in Ireland here.



Girlband G.R.L. have spoken out about the tragic loss of their friend and fellow band member Simone Battle.

The singer's body was discovered in her West Hollywood apartment last September, and the cause of death was later revealed to be suicide. The tragedy occurred just one day before the band's breakout hit Ugly Heart began to storm Europe's top ten.

G.R.L's other four members – Lauren Bennett, Paula Van Oppen, Natasha Slayton and Emmalyn Estrada – faced a tough decision over whether to quit or keep going without Simone, but they revealed they felt they had to go on.

"I think it would be the wrong message for the band to give up now, especially to people who are suffering from something like this. You have to be strong and move forward no matter what happens in your life," Lauren told The Sun.

Simone's family encouraged the girls to keep going despite their loss. "We’ve been in touch with Simone’s mum. I’ve personally spoken to her a lot through this," said Lauren.

“We have her support for the band to move forward — she says she wants the best for us four girls.”

Simon Cowell was one of the first to pay tribute to Simone, who made it to the final 17 of the US X Factor in 2011.

G.R.L's latest single, Lighthouse, was written in memory of Simone. The touching video, released today, features images of the late singer throughout her childhood.




Singer Simone Battle has died aged just 25, it was confirmed today.

Simone was part of US girlband G.R.L. who had their first UK and Ireland hit this week with Ugly Heart.

News of the star's death first came to light when her close friend Derek Butler posted a touching tribute on his Instagram account.

He uploaded a picture of Simone with the caption, "I'm still in shock and in disbelief to have confirmed the death of my childhood friend @SimoneBattle. Her heart was pure gold and her star power limitless. Rest in sweet peace Angel."

Simone's passing was later confirmed by G.R.L's label, RCA Records.

No cause of death has been announced at this stage.

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