In a surely shocking move to everybody, SM Entertainment has said in a statement today that the like four fans who were mad enough to show up at a protest to get Chen booted from EXO — for fucking — wasn’t enough to get them and the other EXO members to boot him from the group.
Hello. This is SM Entertainment. This is a statement regarding the stance of EXO members and the agency regarding the future direction of EXO’s activities. As EXO’s management agency, we have prioritized the members’ opinions regarding important matters including the direction of the team and members’ activities. Before officially announcing the marriage of member Chen, there was discussion exchanged with the EXO members. As much as the EXO members have all experienced the pain of members leaving, they expressed their intention that they want to continue together as they have until now. The agency also respected this opinion of the members, and there will be no changes in EXO’s member [lineup]. In addition, there are members who have military enlistment approaching ahead, so it was planned since last year for EXO’s activities this year to be focused on solo and unit activities. The members’ activities will be revealed one by one. The EXO members will continue to promote in various ways as EXO, solo artists, and units, and they will repay the love of fans. We will also provide our full support in every way possible for further growth of EXO and the members. Thank you.
I thought there was a real possibility that UNRELATED to the fandom whining that Chen might leave the group, simply because starting a family and being married can obviously be demanding on anybody, much less somebody with the schedule of an idol. However, he was never gonna leave because of a few angry fans, nor were the other EXO members going to get pissy at him about it. This just makes it official.
Better luck next time.