Sulli To Take A Break From f(x) Activities, SM Blames “Malicious Rumors” As The Reason


So, one of the story lines that has been gaining increasing steam over the past week or so was the absence of Sulli from f(x) promotions.

While SM Entertainment had originally said that Sulli was missing music programs due to illness, when the group suddenly decided to cancel all foreseeable events, that excuse became highly suspect.

Knowing that the jig was pretty much up at that point, SM Entertainment offered a more realistic explanation for Sulli’s sudden disappearance:



As we say thank you to the fans who love f(x), we have an announcement to make. [f(x)] member Sulli became mentally and physically exhausted from the continuous, malicious comments and false rumors, and has expressed her wish to take a break from her celebrity activities for the time being. 

After careful deliberation and taking her wish into consideration, we will reduce her activities and let her take a break for the time being. 

Also, f(x)’s promotions for their 3rd full-length album ‘Red Light’ ended with their stage on SBS’ ‘Inkigayo’ last week. f(x) will continue on activities with the SMTOWN Seoul concert on August 15 and overseas promotions, as well as individual schedules for the remaining four members Victoria, Amber, Luna, and Krystal. 

We regret to inform fans of this news and we ask that you continue to show your support and love for f(x). 
Thank you.

Now, the real reasons for Sulli’s original disappearance probably don’t have much to do with “malicious comments and false rumors” because it would have been hard for rumors to start before the initial break. Also, while malicious rumors and internet rumormongering are all too common in the K-Pop netizen/fandom spheres, the labels do themselves no favors when they commonly release bullshit statements that contradict each other mere days apart. But an emotional and physical break from the trappings of K-Pop stardom? A bit more believable.

Being a K-Pop idol is a demanding job which would probably tax just about anybody and a mental break from everything is most likely what every idol needs now and again (whether they get it is an entirely different story). On top of that,  it must be serious as entertainment labels are loathe to stop promotions in the name of their stars emotional or physical well-being.

There will sure be more to come but I expect that the real reason will never be fully known to anyone outside of SM and that when August 15th rolls around this will more or less be forgotten until the next time an f(x) member gets worked into the ground from exhaustion.



  1. Fleur De Seoul · · Reply

    I think the rumors they’re referring to are the dating rumors where someone allegedly found Sulli’s picture inside Choiza’s wallet. While hate happens on a regular basis in Kpop, hell hath no fury like a netizen discovering that their bias might have a romantic and sex life. SM statements always have me slightly suspect, but I bet money that there is some shred of truth in this one.

    1. moyaaa · · Reply

      Yes, this sounds like it’s related to the wallet incident, which may have pushed an exhausted and stressed out 20 yr old over the board. The industry like to set itself up for these kind of netizen reactions, pandering their idols as singles. It’s not just K-Pop, I still remember how Audy Lau felt he had to lie to his fans and media when confronted whether he married his girlfriend. He was 47 year old for carrying out loud.

  2. black soshi · · Reply

    Netizens suck.

    1. They ruin everything

    2. while you’re saying this, you’re netizen too lol. Welcome to the dark side.

  3. Sulli has been in show business since she was a kid. If she’s exhausted, then she deserves time off. If it’s something else then I just don’t get it. 😦

    Rumors are a part of celebrity. I’m curious to see how this ends.

  4. I will say that the whole group seemed unusually subdued with their show wins the week before this was announced. Even Amber who is usually all smiles and energetic at awards ceremonies even when they don’t win seemed down. I am wondering if there wasn’t something more serious than what SM has announced going on that was weighing on the whole group. It is highly unusual for a group to have promotions shut down like this when things are going very well for them. For one thing the amount of money involved in an LP release makes an early shutdown of promotions exceptionally rare. This wasn’t a case of a single like Fiestar’s not meeting broadcast requirements and stopping their promotion dead in its track, so the company apparently wrote it off and shutdown TV promotion attempts. A sick member usually just doesn’t perform and the group soldiers on until they are better like last year when Hyuna missed a week or so of 4Minute’s promotions for “What’s Your Name” while she was in the hospital.

    This is speculative on my part, but it almost seems like the group was aware that Sulli was really in the dumps over this Choiza mess coming up again, she got pushed to perform, and then something more happened behind the scenes that made SM pull the plug on the whole promotion like they had something they didn’t want to leak and that maybe had really impacted the group too making it very hard for them to perform like there was nothing wrong. The only thing I can think of like that would be a suicide attempt by Sulli or her checking herself into a mental health facility due to thoughts of suicide, nervous breakdown, or exhaustion. If she got pushed hard by management to perform and something really negative happened afterwards, the group may have rebelled against management and management pulled the plug for fear that pushing the group out there might result in someone in the group saying something about what was really going on. Something unprecedented was clearly going on behind the scenes and the group as a whole was involved or the plug wouldn’t have been pulled on all promotions.

    Certainly entertainment reporters will be digging into what really happened and I suspect SM won’t look good.

  5. childstars have reportedly shown signs of the serious condition schizophrenia all over the globe, how is Sulli’s any different??

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