UPDATE: Jessica releases an official statement addressing her dismissal from Girls' Generation
Jessica Jung, former member of K-pop girl group Girls' Generation, released an official statement one day after being ousted from the group. In the statement, Jessica reveals that her company SM Entertainment had no issues with her starting her own fashion brand BLANC, but it was the other 8 members of the group who considered it a problem. Jessica claims that her former group members called a meeting and gave her an ultimatum: either she give up her business or leave GG.
Read Jessica's official statement below:
"Hello, this is Jessica.
On September 29, I was told by my company to leave SNSD, and I couldn't hide my confusion and pain, so I decided to reveal my stance.
During my time as a SNSD member, SNSD promotions have always been my top priority ahead of my personal life or business. But despite my hard work and dedication to the team, I was given notice to leave my team from the company. Since the beginning stages of the business preparations until recently, I have sufficiently discussed and received understanding from SM and the members on more than one occasion. From early August until the BLANC launching, I received agreement and permission to do business at the same time, and began my business while receiving congratulations from the members.
However, a month after the launching, the members suddenly changed their stances early September and called a meeting, and without proper reason, told me to either quit my business or leave SNSD. I explained that I received permission from the company, have never carelessly carried out SNSD promotions, and cannot stop the business within one month of BLANC's launching due to a business contract with a partner.
As a result, I appealed that making me choose was an unreasonable request. Becoming an SNSD member was the greatest thing in my life and I have never thought about quitting. Still shocked, I visited the company CEO on September 16 and explained my position and I received permission once again to continue my business on the side from the company at that place.
However I received a one-sided notification on September 29 from the company to leave SNSD. Due to this, I was unable to participate in the fan meeting event in Shenzhen, China on September 30, which was the following day. I've been taken out of all SNSD activities. More than anything, I was greatly hurt and couldn't hide my sorrow after being told to leave SNSD by my company and members, whom I've poured out my passion and affection for more than 15 years, just because I started a business.
I want to apologize for causing much worry to the fans even though it wasn't my intention to do. I want to ask for your understanding that this situation isn't something I wanted. I have always cherished SNSD and will continue to do so in the future. Thank you for always supporting me with no end and loving me.
October 1 2014"
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Also thrown in the mix are the rumors Jessica was preparing to marry Cordial Group CEO Tyler Kwon, which he denied through Weibo yesterday:
"Sigh, I guess we'll have to try this yet again; I have no plans of marriage anytime soon, whether it be this year...next year... If that wasn't clear enough, let me know. I'll just keep trying..."
Jessica is 25 years old and originally from San Francisco, California, and she moved to Korea at age 11 when she was signed to SM Entertainment. She debuted with the rest of Girls' Generation in 2007. So yes, almost 15 years under SM Entertainment and being kicked from the group because she wanted to start a side business for herself. The shade!
Personally, I think Jessica is smart for taking steps to establish something for the next phase of her life. Sorry, but you can't be 30 years old still on stage singing "Gee." SM didn't have issues with her business, but the other girls did. That's so catty, don't you think?
Do you think Jessica starting her own business was a justified reason to fire her from GG?