Last Monday, SM Entertainment confirmed that not all eight members of Girls’ Generation have renewed their contracts with the agency.
Surprisingly, three members — Tiffany, Sooyoung and Seohyun — will be quitting SM Entertainment, leaving popular K-pop titan group Girls’ Generation with only five members.
A source revealed, “Although Girls’ Generation will stay afloat, it would be difficult in practical terms for those members to remain in the team when they sign up with a different management agency. I understand the members are still discussing the matter.”
“We’re not thinking about dismantling the group. However, since there are members whose contracts have expired, we’ll decide carefully after consulting with all members regarding the future path of the team,” the agency added.
Originally a bevy of nine girls, the group lost Jessica Jung in 2014, who now splits her time between her fashion and solo singing careers. Tiffany plans to study in the United States, while Sooyoung and Seohyun will be focusing on their acting pursuits. The trio has reportedly removed ‘SNSD’ from their Instagram bio.
In reaction to the breaking news, netizens took to Twitter to express their great shock and sorrow. 💔
To Sooyoung, to Taeyeon,
To Girls' Generation
— sootae꼬마 (@sootaeggoma) October 11, 2017
— BiBam (@RainNightBiBam) October 10, 2017
These girls will always be a member of #GirlsGeneration
— SNSD yongwonhi ❤ (@iamZOWE) October 10, 2017