Didn’t see this coming. Korean pop group Girls’ Generation has kicked Jessica out of the group.
Jessica posted a message on her Weibo early this morning (5am KST), quote…
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 is to serve as a member of GG, but for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.
People thought her account was hacked but things became serious as SM Entertainment (agency) didn’t respond to the event after a couple of hours; and the fact that Jessica was not with the main group that travelled to China for a fan meeting. It took 7-8 hours for SM Entertainment to finally release an official statement, quote (translated by Soshified)…
This spring, Jessica herself said that due to personal reasons, she would stop group activities after one album promotion. With Jessica’s sudden words, the company and Girls’ Generation members have been continuously thinking and working hard to have Girls’ Generation promote in a good direction.
Recently, Jessica started a fashion-related business while there was lacking mediation in orders of priority with Girls’ Generation’s promotions and interests. Despite continuous discussions, we’ve gotten to the point where the group cannot be maintained. We couldn’t help but decide to move up Girls’ Generation promoting as eight earlier than initially planned. During the announcement and process, Jessica made her posts today at dawn, her time.
The eight-member Girls’ Generation and Jessica’s individual activities will continue with unchanged support and management.
SME is being careful with words but obviously putting the blames on Jessica. There could be other reason(s), but on surface the parting is caused by the failure to reach a compromise on Jessica’s newly launched fashion business. The main obstacle was likely on how the profit would be split; SME probably felt that they deserved a substantial stake in the business that would benefit heavily from the “Girls’ Generation” branding power. Jessica and her business partner (rumoured boyfriend) could think otherwise.
I wonder if other SNSD members have any say in this; and I wonder how the fans will respond to the news. The fandom is already bleak with series of events in the past 6-9 months, and it doesn’t help that the group hasn’t produce anything memorable for the past 3-4 years. Personally I would rather see them dissolved altogether while still at peak instead of cutting off a member.
Regardless of what’s going to happen, best of luck to all the girls.