One of the reasons why we fell in love with K-Pop is the bond of the groups. We have seen it through variety shows, guestings how close they are and how the group members blend with each other but nothing lasts forever. The common reason for the heartbreak of a K-Pop is a member leaving the group, which is inevitable for a group that has talented members who wish to pursue solo careers. Here are some of the most shocking exits by a K-Pop member.
Sulli took a hiatus from f(x) in 2014 to cope with nasty remarks, and SM Entertainment chose to support Sulli’s decision to leave the group and concentrate on her acting career the following year. She explained why she left the band in the first episode of her solo variety program, Jinri Store. She said: “There were a lot of scary moments. If they told me to do something, I would, and I didn’t even know why I had to. I guess because I’ve been active since I was little, there haven’t been many people who thought of me as young.”
I don’t think that was a good fit for me, and at some point I started to wonder, “Why do I have to do this,” she added.
There was a sense of urgency as she continued, “There wasn’t anyone to listen to me when I was going through a hard period. It felt like I was just left alone in the world. I was terrified and unsure of my future, so I suppose I tried to protect myself as much as possible.
HyunA and Edawn
HyunA and E’Dawn’s contract with both PENTAGON and Cube Entertainment came to an end in 2018. After much discussion, the decision was reached that it is not possible to restore the faith with the two artists HyunA and E’Dawn, resulting in their departure. The company issued a statement saying, “When managing our artists, the company has worked with faith and trust in each other as the main priority.” Fans assumed that the reason why the label axed them is they did not disclose their relationship that has been for two years with the company. Fans believed that the label’s decision to terminate them was due to their failure to disclose their two-year relationship.
Kris, Luhan, and Tao
Kris left the group in 2014 as a result of issues with his SM Entertainment contract. Luhan soon after filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to have his exclusive deal with the label nullified. The lawsuit is identical to Kris’s. SM Entertainment. “However, seeing that, just as in the case with Kris, Luhan filed for a lawsuit with the same law firm in the same way without reason makes us think that after gaining popularity with the group, he is now prioritizing his own personal benefit with disregard for those affected by the termination of his contract,” the statement that was released said. Additionally, it appears that there is a hidden influence.
A few months after EXO‘s comeback in 2015, Tao‘s father stressed that the reason for his request for Tao’s release from SM Entertainment is because he is worried about Tao’s health and need for rest: “Since his debut three years ago, Tao has participated in a number of programs that have a high risk of damage. Because his employer, SM Entertainment, neglected to treat his injuries in a timely manner, my heart aches so deeply.”
Jessica Jung wrote on her Weibo account in 2014, “I was excited about our upcoming fan events only to shockingly be informed by my company and 8 others that as of today, I’m no longer a member. I’m devastated – my priority and love are to serve as a member of GG, but for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.” The same day, Jessica wasn’t visible at the airport with the other 8 members traveling to an event in China.
Jessica explained the conflict in a letter by stating that SM Entertainment and the Girls’ Generation members wanted her to stop working on her fashion line, BLANC, and focus solely on her music career. After things had calmed down, Jessica successfully went solo and shifted to Coridel Entertainment, which was run by partner Tyler Kwon.