Girls' Generation member Jessica Jung has been fired
Jessica Jung, member of the internationally famous K-pop girl group Girls' Generation (So Nyeo Shi Dae), has been let go from the group due to disagreements regarding her personal and professional activities.
Before any official announcement had been released by her company SM Entertainment, Jessica released a personal statement written in both English and Hangul around 5 a.m local time on her Weibo account (Chinese social network), shocking and confusing fans. Twitter and media outlets began reporting that her account might have possibly been hacked.
Jessica's post on Weibo: "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."
However, following the Weibo post and news of hacking, Dispatch reported that the other 8 members of Girls' Generation were spotted at Incheon airport heading to a fan-meet in China without Jessica. Soon after, another message was posted to Jessica's account which read "You guys are very special people that I love dearly, therefore you deserve to hear the truth from me. I'm deeply saddened and hurt by those who I trusted and hope that you don't ever have to experience this kind of pain."
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There were also reports from Dispatch that prior to the above post, Jessica and her boyfriend Tyler Kwon were rushing to get back to China in time for the fan-meet after spending time in New York looking into various schools for Jessica to further her career in fashion. The Wall Street Journal reported it was her "business activities in fashion" that led to disagreements and ultimately became the reason she has been let go from Girls' Generation.
Most recently SM Entertainment released their official statement on the matter:
"Hello. this is SM Entertainment,
We are offering our position on the words posted on Jessica's Weibo posted today. This coming spring, due to her personal situation, she has notified us she will halt her team promotions with the release of one [more] album.
Despite Jessica's sudden notice, the agency and Girls' Generation members tried our best and tried to figure out a way that Girls' Generation's activities can continue in the best possible direction. However, in the midst of insufficient negotiations regarding conflicts of differences in priorities and interests, Jessica started her fashion business. Due to this, despite ongoing talks, it has come to a point where the team could not be maintained. Thus the agency had no choice but to pull up Girls' Generation's activities as 8 members earlier than planned, and in the midst of while working out when to announce this, Jessica had posted her words early this morning. From here on, our agency will continue to support and manage the 8-member Girls' Generation and Jessica's individual activities."
Recently, Jessica launched her own fashion brand named BLANC and has been rumored to be engaged to boyfriend, Tyler Kwon, CEO of Cordiel Group. She is also the older sister of f(x) member Krystal, who is currently starring in the K-drama My Lovable Girl.
We'll update you as more news on this situation becomes available.