“I am not truly at liberty to discuss many details about what is going on. I can say that the decision to leave PINTB was not mine,” Vanegas continued.
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He went on to explain that he sold the website (to SpinMedia, which was operating as Buzz Media at the time) in 2011: “The deal was a very good one … at the start. Then, matters beyond my control began to adversely affect the health of the blog, and well, those matters never really got better.”
“There was no real support and no real investment in the health and survival of the site,” he said, citing “dwindling resources” as an issue that he has faced since selling the website. Vanegas -- who tells Billboard he was notified in June 2015 that he would be replaced -- said that he’s been asked to contribute to Pink Is the New Blog “in a very limited capacity after my last day,” but that he doesn’t foresee that happening.
“The only thing I’ve ever wanted to come from this blog is pure, unadulterated fun. Let’s see if we can have a bit of fun while we still can,” he ended his post on the website, which can be read in full here.
"PITNB has been my life for more than a decade, and my partnership with SpinMedia was meant to provide an environment where the site would be able to grow and thrive," Vanegas said in a statement to Billboard. "Sadly, the opposite has been the case, and ultimately the decision was made by people I've never met to have someone who has never written for the site take complete control."