Birthdays are meant to be happy occasions, but Girls’ Generation’s leader, Taeyeon, is spending hers in grief. Her father has just passed away due to sudden cardiac arrest.

SM Entertainment released a statement to say that the 31-year-old singer, along with her family members, are arranging for his funeral. The funeral will be a private one with only family members in attendance.

Taeyeon was set to release a new single, “Happy”, but the release of the single and the music video will be postponed in light of the unfortunate event.

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SM Entertainment said they’ll announce a release date on a later date.

Taeyeon made her debut as the leader of K-pop girl group Girls’ Generation in 2007. She made her solo debut in October 2015 and has seen success as a soloist. She joined SM Entertainment in 2004 after snagging first place in SM Youth Best Competition.

Prior to joining SM Entertainment, Taeyeon’s father had sent her for vocal lessons although he initially didn’t want to encourage her to be an entertainer. Accompanied by her father, she travelled from her hometown in Jeonju on weekends to attend vocal lessons at SM Academy and later on, by singer The One.

Taeyeon was scheduled to come to Singapore in February this year as part of her THE UNSEEN tour, but the concert was postponed in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Stay strong, Taeyeon!

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