Jessica releases a statement of her own, explaining she was one-sidedly asked to leave Girls' Generation by the agency & members
Following Tyler Kwon's words about the 'truth about what really happened' becoming known, Jessica has now broken her silence to offer her side of the story in detail with an official statement.
Released through her fashion company 'BLANC', the notice is as follows:
"Hello. This is Jessica.
I was given a notice of departure from Girls' Generation by the agency on September 29, and I cannot hide my shocked and upset heart about this, so I'm here to reveal my position.
I have always put Girls' Generation's activities before my business or personal life as a member of Girls' Generation. However, despite my efforts for the team, I have been asked to leave the team by the agency.
While I was planning my business that I've had a lot of interest in since before, I had sufficiently consulted SM as well as the members about my preparation many times and asked for their understanding.
Up until the beginning of August when I was launching 'BLANC', I had received agreement and permission from SM, and congratulations from the members as well.
However, in early September, after only a month since the launching, the members suddenly changed their position and held a meeting, and told me to either quit my business or leave Girls' Generation without any justifiable reason.
I explained that I had already received permission from the agency, that I had never neglected Girls' Generation's activities, and that I could not suddenly halt my business due to my contract with my business partner after a month.
Ultimately, I pleaded that it was unjust for me to have to make a choice. Becoming a Girls' Generation member was the best thing in my life, and I had never thought about quitting.
Shocked about this, I had met with the agency CEO on September 16 to convey my position, and once again confirmed their permission for carrying out my business.
However, on September 29, I was given a one-sided notice asking me to leave Girls' Generation. Due to this, I was also unable to attend the fan meeting in China on September 30, and I have also been excluded from following Girls' Generation activities.
I have received great pain and cannot hide my sadness that I was asked by the agency and fellow members, whom I've spent 15 years with putting in all my passion and effort, to leave Girls' Generation just because of the reason that I'm starting a business.
I also want to apologize for causing concern to all the fans. Please understand that this situation is not at all what I had wanted, and that I've always treasured Girls' Generation, and that I will continue to do so. Thank you for always supporting and loving me.
This certainly contradicts the statement released by SM Entertainment yesterday, leaving us to wonder who to believe and what the truth is. What are your thoughts about Jessica's statement vs. that of SM's?
'Dispatch' reports on insiders' perspective into the conflict between Girls' Generation and Jessica
Media outlet 'Dispatch' is offering a different perspective into the Girls' Generation vs. Jessica situation that has come to light. They say they've interviewed 3 insiders who have watched closely over the members and they've shared their insight into what has been going on.
The first few batch of questions centered around whether Jessica was told to leave or whether she informed them she was leaving.
The insiders say it's both. Jessica apparently repeated frequently that she wanted to leave back in January and July. In January she said "I want to get married", she'd let it slip to her members that she was discussing it with the agency. Then in July after their Japanese concert, she had apparently mentioned, "I don't think I can do this anymore. Although it's regretful, I think I have to find my own life." The insiders say she didn't show much determination with Girls' Generation activities, and spoke more about her future regarding going to study abroad, looking for schools, starting her fashion business, and becoming a designer after she quits the team. The members were surprised but they thought it wasn't something they could do anything about. However, they as well as SM had asked Jessica that if her plan was to get married next year and start her own business, to at least focus her efforts on the last album they will release with her.
This raised the question of did Jessica then do her very best for Girls' Generation's following activities?
The sources apparently said although Jessica may have tried to, she was in a situation in which she was just too busy to focus all her effort on Girls' Generation. She did a lot of work with Tyler Kwon, and she launched 'BLANC' in August. She had to go back and forth between China, Hong Kong, and New York to carry out her personal schedules, and she was in New York with Tyler up until the day before Girls' Generation had to leave for their Chinese fan meeting.
So what is her relationship with Tyler Kwon? 'Dispatch' says the insiders told them that the ring on Jessica's hand from 'Tiffany & Co.' is a ring that symbolizes their engagement. Jessica had told her members that she had planned to hold a wedding in October in Hong Kong. Showing his devotion, Tyler also accompanied Jessica to all of her schedules including following her to China and Hong Kong as well as New York during the time she was shooting 'Jessica & Krystal'.
The media outlet then asked these sources whether anyone opposed Jessica launching 'BLANC'. The sources responded that nobody opposed it, but nobody knew she would start it this fast. They were all under the impression that she was going to start it after getting married, so of course it came as a shock when Jessica apparently surprised launched it in August. The shocked members then asked Jessica to make one thing clear, to not make her fashion business her main interest, aka not to be negligent of Girls' Generation. SM also worried about Jessica's new business due to concerns that it could become a business that used Girls' Generation's popularity to sell goods to fans. However, there was nothing in her contract with the agency that forbade her from starting her own business.
She also prepared for her life after Girls' Generation and had set up plans to go study abroad in New York, get married, and expand her business. This meant she needed to quickly put together her portfolio as a designer, which is why she had hurried the launching of her brand. Since she's conducting the business with Tyler Kwon, she is also always with him. She also didn't have much of a choice but to put her main focus on her personal affairs rather than Girls' Generation activities. It was at this point when the members asked her to make a decision.
It was then asked, did Jessica's position suddenly change since she apparently said she wanted to leave the group on her own before? 'Dispatch' revealed that they actually received a tip that Jessica and Tyler had visited the lawfirm Sejong (as previously reported then denied) and they were indeed able to spot the two there. However, what they were consulting about is not known, but the media outlet says it is clear that it was after this visit that Jessica had changed her mind. She had told her members, "If it's okay with you guys, then I want to continue Girls' Generation even after marriage..."
The 8 members had initially said okay to her marriage and to her business, they respected her dreams. However, they asked that she respect the members and the fans by continuing with her plans until after their main promotions were over. But, the members decided with the situation how it is, their long term fan meeting tour, their last album, etc. could not be done properly. Thus, they held a meeting with Jessica in September and asked her to make a choice. After meeting about 2-3 times, Jessica left for New York. This left the members and Jessica unable to continue conversing, and ultimately, the decision was made that they could not continue activities this way.
Jessica did return right before the day of the fan meeting, and she believed that she did everything she was supposed to do. However, to the other members, they felt that Jessica had already made Girls' Generation her second job rather than her main focus.
So do the members have any issues with Jessica making money outside of the group? The insiders say no. The members don't care about money. However, it can't be ignored that there are also financial risks for the members as well if Jessica's marriage story becomes known. It's said because of this secret, they had to stop doing new advertisements as a whole group. Even if they received an offer, they could not accept, presumably due to potential problems that could come about if the advertisers raise an issue with Jessica and her marriage.
Is there a chance that Jessica could rejoin the group? Insiders say it's about a 10% chance that this may happen. The conditions for her returning to the group is first of all for Jessica to change her priorities. However, the sources say the situation has gone too far for this, she is too involved with Tyler as well. There is also the possibility that Jessica could request to go solo or start acting, however, considering the time for preparation, it's not likely to happen right at the moment.
TaeTiSeo dance with Bora, have fun in NYC, and more on 'THE TaeTiSeo'
'THE TaeTiSeo' aired as usual on September 30, showing the brightly smiling members of TaeTiSeo as they danced with SISTAR's Bora, roamed in New York City, and more.
After the trio rehearsed on Mnet's 'M! Countdown,' they headed backstage where Tiffany and Seohyun cutely and mysteriously told the camera that they were introducing a fourth member of TaeTiSeo! Cue drum rolls, please. Cutely, the two girls parted to reveal SISTAR's Bora! The three of them then danced to SISTAR's "Touch My Body," doing the "apple hip dance."
In addition, TaeTiSeo had a fun time in New York for Fashion Week. They enjoyed some of the delicious food in the city, souvenir shopping, and sight seeing as they visited the Statue of Liberty. Seohyun even headed over to watch the musical, 'Chicago,' showing her love for musicals. She said, "I really want to be in a musical. Later on, I want to do 'Chicago' in Korea."
In their hotel room, Taeyeon said, "Whenever we go abroad, I always have my own room, but it's very lonely," and showed off her perfect bare face. She could not fall asleep, so she said, "When I can't fall asleep, I listen to music or play games on my phone or watch TV. I think I'm going to play a couple games then sleep."
Check out clips below and make sure you see the whole sweet episode!
Taeyeon says the secret to being a top girl group is trust during TaeTiSeo's interview with 'High Cut'
'High Cut' released pictures of Girls' Generation sub-unit TaeTiSeo recently for their upcoming October issue! The girls look chic and elegant in 2014 autumn and winter wear in Brooklyn, New York for this photo shoot.
In addition, during the interview, Taeyeon was asked about how Girls' Generation kept the number one spot as a girl group. She replied, "Among members and the agency people, we all have pride and trust in Girls' Generation, which is how we got to get this far." This is unsurprisingly raising interest in light of the recent development in Jessica's status as a member of the group.
In addition, Tiffany responded to the reaction that the girls got even sexier with this album, 'Holler.' She said, "I wanted to shed the standardized concept. I wanted to put in the current Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun." Seohyun added, "We wanted to express our natural maturity through music."
In relation to working with Kang Dong Won in his recent movie, 'My Brilliant Life,' Seohyun said she enjoyed filming and it was very comfortable. Taeyeon said that the picture they took together that was uploaded onto Instagram was a fan moment for her even though she wanted it to look like they were good friends. She then complimented him on his good manners and friendliness.
Seohyun, who graduated from college this year, said, "Because I majored in acting in college, I want to properly try my hand in acting in the future. My goal is to become an actress that people can trust to watch."
The full photo shoot and interview will be published through 'High Cut's 135th issue on October 2.
'K-Pop Star 3' winner Bernard Park to make his official debut this October
'K-Pop Star 3' winner Bernard Park will finally make his official debut, kicking off with a pre-release created by J.Y. Park on October 6, followed by his title track on October 13!
His agency JYP Entertainment rep stated, "'K-Pop Star 3' winner Bernard Park will make his debut with songs by J.Y. Park and Jo Kyu Chan... Bernard Park will deeply touch the hearts of fans and the public with a song that fully reflects his charming tone of voice and expression of emotions."
Bernard Park will perform his debut stage on SBS' 'Inkigayo' on October 12!
Has Jessica been dropped from Girls' Generation? Recently, she updated her Weibo account with an alarming post.
She wrote, "I was excited about our upcoming fan events only to shockingly be informed by my company and 8 others that as of today, I'm no longer a member. I'm devastated - my priority and love is to serve as a member of GG, but for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out," which is alarming fans.
While it is possible that this might be a hacker who has gotten into her account shortly after she hit an impressive 3 million followers, it is hard to say for sure as of now.
Jessica's absence at the airport, Weibo update, & lack of response from SM leave fans worrying + stock prices drop
It's been a chaotic morning for fans as they eagerly await some sort of explanation regarding the post made on Jessica's Weibo that revealed she may have been 'pushed out' from the group.
Since Girls' Generation has a fan signing event later today in China, reporters gathered to see whether Jessica was among the members. However, it's been reported that only 8 members were present at the airport, further raising alarm as fans await clarification.
The post below under Jessica's user handle also popped up in the comments section in reply to her earlier Weibo post, generating much concern.
With SM Entertainment remaining silent about the matter at the moment, their stocks also suffered a 3.44% drop this morning compared to yesterday.
We have also reached out to the agency about the situation, so stay tuned for any possible updates to come.
[Update] Media outlet 'Sports World' has released a report claiming that they have been tipped by an insider in the legal world that Jessica met with attorney Lim Sang Hyuk recently, who was JYJ's lawyer during their case against SM.
The media outlet states that their source stated, "Jessica herself went to see attorney Lim Sang Hyuk of the lawfirm Sejong in Myeongdong... In most cases, celebrities usually call to consult about their matters first, so Jessica showing up in person is out of the ordinary. It seems likely that she had consulted a specialized lawyer."
When the lawyer was contacted, the lawyer denied his involvement saying, "I learned of the news through articles. However, I'm not taking her case. I did not meet with her."
Statement from SM Entertainment regarding Girls' Generation's Jessica leaving the group
Earlier today, we were all shocked with Girls' Generation's Jessica's Weibo update about being dropped from the group.
We reached out to our contacts at SM Entertainment, and they did not confirm nor deny the Weibo post, instead they vaguely stated, "We cannot disclose what is going on yet, but we are reaching out to the proper people to find out the truth of the matter."
Many fans are anxious to know what is going on, and whether or not this was the work of a hacker, or if it really was Jessica.
Inside sources however, told us, "We heard that Jessica was dropped from the group, due to conflicting issues with management related to marriage."
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.
More details revealed regarding Ladies' Code's car accident + Sojung's current condition
Recently, the police investigating the car accident that led to the deaths of two Ladies' Code members did a reenactment to test whether the car was speeding at the time. This experiment enabled them to confirm that the vehicle was indeed speeding at the time of the accident.
The police, highway patrol, and Road Traffic Authority did a joint experiment recently. The result showed that at the time of the incident, the vehicle was going 137 km/h (~ 85 mph). The speed limit at the Yeongdong Expressway, the site of the accident, was only 100 km/h (~ 62 mph). However, the vehicle carrying the girls sped for over 30 km (~ 19 miles).
The police were able to acquire a CCTV in the section of the expressway right before the site of the accident to measure the speed. They plan on wrapping up the investigation after the detailed identification results requested of the National Forensic Service come out.
Previously, it was suspected that there had been a flaw in the vehicle because a back tire had fallen out. However, this is being investigated as a possible effect from colliding into the protective wall. Currently, the possibility that the accident was caused by speeding is becoming the focus.
In addition, an update was provided regarding member Sojung's condition at the moment. A rep from Polaris Entertainment stated, "Sojung is recovering well. The surgery went well, and there are no plans for additional surgeries. After the surgery, she is eating well, too. As she hurt her bone, it looks like it will take more time for the [wound] to heal."
It was also relayed that she was mentally traumatized when she heard the news of the other members. However, she is currently showing no signs of having a hard time, and even smiling at times.