Jessica booted from Girls' Generation
K-POP fans worldwide are reeling in shock after Jessica, a member of the hit group Girls' Generation, revealed yesterday that she had been dismissed from the group.
"I was preparing myself for the upcoming schedule, but I was notified today that I am no longer a member of Girls' Generation as of today," she wrote on her Weibo account at around 5am yesterday.
In the message in English and Korean, the 25-year-old Korean-American, whose real name is Jung Soo Yeon, could not hide her anguish.
"I have put Girls' Generation first and actively focused on our activities, but I was informed of such news. I am very perplexed," said the multi-talented Jessica, who is not just a singer but also an actress, dancer, model and fashion designer.
"You fans are the special ones who I love. That's why you deserve the truth. I felt deep sorrow and got heartbroken by those who I have trusted. I hope you don't have to suffer like me," the San Francisco-born idol wrote in response to her fans' comments.
The news of her axing created shock waves because the group's nine members had renewed their contracts with their label, SM Entertainment, in August, after their seven-year contracts.
Shocked fans took to online communities to check if there was any truth to the announcement. Some fans even raised the possibility that Jessica's Weibo account had been hacked, but SM released a statement confirming the news later yesterday.
In its statement, it appeared to lay the blame squarely on the singer.
The statement read: "This coming spring, due to her personal situation, she notified us that she will halt her team promotions with the release of one (more) album.
"Despite Jessica's sudden notice, the agency and the Girls' Generation members tried our best to figure out a way that Girls' Generation's activities can continue in the best possible direction.
"However, in the midst of insufficient negotiations regarding conflicts of differences in priorities and interest, Jessica started her fashion business. Due to this, despite ongoing talks, it has come to a point where the team could not be maintained.
"Thus, the agency had no choice but to bring forward Girls' Generation's activities with eight members earlier than planned, and in the midst of working out when to announce this, Jessica posted her words early this morning."
It added that the group would continue with only eight members and that the agency would "continue to support and manage" Jessica's individual activities.
The rest of the group - Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun - left for Shenzhen, China yesterday morning to attend a fans' gathering.
They declined to take questions from the media at Incheon International Airport.
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK