Many people are still reeling in shock over the news that broke out last night – three of the Girls’ Generation members were revealed to not be renewing their contract with their agency, SM Entertainment.
The octet’s contracts with the entertainment company had come to an end and in August, the company confirmed that they were still in talks for the members to renew their contracts.
However, last night, news broke that while Taeyeon, Yoona, Sunny, Hyoyeon and Yuri have chosen to stay with the company, Sooyoung, Seohyun and Tiffany chose not to resign with SM Entertainment.
Tiffany will reportedly be returning to the US to study acting, while Sooyoung and Seohyun wanted to pursue acting in dramas, movies and musicals. In 2014, member Jessica was kicked out of the group and later left SM Entertainment.
Amidst disbandment rumours, SM Entertainment released a statement, stating, “Girls’ Generation is a group who is meaningful to SM Entertainment as much as they are to everyone. The members have no thoughts about disbanding the group. However, since there are members who are no longer under contract with us, we would have to discuss with the members the future direction of Girls’ Generation and make a careful decision.”
Should Girls’ Generation decide to continue as a quintet, they wouldn’t be the first K-pop group to operate after losing members. Here are seven other groups who went through similar experiences.