Hey, remember all that drama surrounding SNSD‘s contracts being up for renewal? Well, Sooyoung, Seohyun, and Tiffany will not be renewing with SM Entertainment, according to a report by Yonhap News, with all three looking to focus on their acting careers.
A source told Yonhap News, “Three members have decided to end their contracts. Girls’ Generation will remain as it is as a team, but in the case of them being under different agencies, their participation will realistically become difficult. However, the members are still in discussion about what decision will be made.”
“The members thought a lot about their contract renewals. They decided to start a new beginning to experience new challenges. The members who didn’t renew will continue to be active through acting.”
SME confirmed their departure in a statement, saying that SNSD is not disbanded … well, yet at least.
SM Entertainment stated, “Girls’ Generation is a very precious and meaningful group to both SM Entertainment and fans. The members are not thinking to disband. However, there are members whose contracts have come to an end. The direction of Girls’ Generation’s promotions will be carefully decided after discussion with the members.”
Taeyeon, YoonA, Hyoyeon, Yuri, and Sunny have reportedly all re-signed with SME.
Unless the trio are somehow able to pull off a Brown Eyed Girls type of deal, which sounds extremely unlikely considering Sooyoung and Tiffany have already removed SNSD from their social media, SNSD is down to five members now. Most importantly, for all intents and purposes, it certainly looks like SNSD could be done as a group. Missing just Jessica is one thing, missing almost half the group is another, and the remaining five look more like they’ll just be with SME for individual activities than anything.
Honestly, we probably should’ve seen this coming, as they are an older girl group in Korea and SME seemed to make it clear they didn’t care much about doing right by them for their 10th anniversary promos.
Though what I really want to know is if the remaining five are going to shade the three that departed, talking about how five is strongest and shit like they did about being eight when Jessica departed. Oops.