One of the big rumors to pop up over the past few days was f(x)’s Victoria’s supposed schism with her label over her request for a personal recording studio in China.
Unfortunately for SM Entertainment, the rumor picked up enough steam that they were pretty much forced to comment on it. Over the weekend, SM Entertainment released the following statement on ChineseStudioGate:
“Victoria has never requested a cancellation of her contract. The rumors are not at all true, and she is not thinking of leaving SM Entertainment.”
“As part of the policy of a localization of SM business, we decided to use the workshop policy and will be building a workshop in China for Victoria like for EXO‘s Chinese member Lay. The workshop is part of SM, and SM and Victoria will continue the management contract. SM will work our best to support Victoria’s Chinese activities and make sure she grows effectively.“
This means one of two things. The first and most likely option is that the first reports were straight up wrong, something that isn’t uncommon in the wacky world of K-Pop gossip, rumors and anonymous sources. The second far more entertaining possibility is that Victoria Sun in all of her infinite wisdom and goddessly powers, applied pressure to SM through anonymous media sources in order to secure herself a home-based studio like a true media maven. Either one is hilarious in its own right but I really, really want it to be the second one.
Having a presence in China and Korea is something that has Victoria has made a priority of. She expounded on her celebrity status in both countries during a media interview for the cast of Chinese TV series Beautiful Secret (of which she’s a cast member) earlier this year:
“Be it singing or acting, I hope that I can develop myself as an all-rounded individual with my work both in China and in Korea.”
f(x) is supposedly in the midst of preparing for a comeback, which will be the group’s first since the “Red Light” masterpiece that coincided with Sulli’s unexpected hiatus/ethering. Even if the next f(x) release fails to live up to “Red Light,” at least Victoria can rest assured that she’ll have her own China-based studio to go to home to thanks to
her 8th-dimensional media manipulation the fine folks at SM Entertainment.