Sooooo, how is this not really, really awkward.
SM Entertainment has released a statement which, of course, makes it look like this is a much more mutual decision than what Jessica Junf implied on her Weibo. Bottom line: Jessica is out of SNSD and the Power of Nine is now the The Slightly Less Power of Eight or something.
“Hello. This is SM Entertainment.
We are offering our position on the words posted on Jessica’s Weibo today.
This coming spring, due to her personal situation, she notified us she will halt her team promotions with the release of one [more] album.
Despite Jessica’s sudden notice, the agency and the 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 interest, 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.”
Apparently starting a fashion line is grounds for dismissal from a group because it’s a distraction or something. The much more confusing aspect of this is the fact that SM Entertainment is also stating that they’ll continue to manage Jessica’s individual activities. Each member of SNSD recently re-signed with the label but this doesn’t seem like it will work out in the “long run” (by which I mean immediately).
Despite Jessica stating that she’s “devastated” and considers herself “being forced out” of SNSD for “no justifiable reason”, she’s going to stay with the entertainment label which decided to kick her out of the group in the first place?
Yeah, I’m a little dubious that this will go smoothly.
Sigh, this really is the darkest timeline.