Given the way that Jessica Jung left/was kicked from Girls’ Generation, it was only a matter of time before she left SM Entertainment as well.
The label had this to say on the inevitable conclusion to the bizarre Ice Princess saga:
“Hello. This is SM Entertainment.
After discussing with Jessica, who has been an artist under SM Entertainment this past while, we have both decided to go our separate ways for the progress of each.
Please cheer on Jessica who will be starting a new beginning.”
Jessica released her own statement as well, which was somehow incredibly diplomatic (although the complete absence of any SNSD shout outs or call outs is kind of amusing in and of itself).
“Hello, this is Jessica.
I’m here to let you know that after negotiating with SM Entertainment, we have ended our contract and have officially decided to go our separate ways. I cherish the times I have had with SM Entertainment, and I hope that there will be good fortune lying ahead for SM Entertainment.
And also, to all my cherished fans, I’m always thankful for your unchanging support and love. I will do my best to show you what you are anticipating from me, so I’ll be grateful if you could watch over my new start.”
News of Jessica’s departure from SM has been rumored for awhile now and the timing of the announcement probably has more to do with all parties wanting to move on as quietly as possible now that everyone is focusing on whether Taeyeon smiles enough during live performances or whatever. If Jessica plans to have a solo comeback, it will be with another agency. Until then, she’ll always have Blanc & Eclare to keep her busy.