Jessica says she was ousted from GGFormer Girls’ Generation member Jessica issued a personal statement yesterday expressing her brokenhearted and confused stance a day after SM Entertainment, her former agency, announced she will no longer be a part of the K-pop girl group.
The agency cited difficulties fixing the group’s schedule after the member launched her own fashion brand.
Jessica and SM are contradicting one another on the matter of whether her departure was voluntary or not.
The 25-year-old, who said in the press release that she never imagined leaving the group, said the company kicked her out on Monday on short notice.
“Since the beginning stage of launching my personal business, I have sorted matters out with SM Entertainment and my fellow group members through several trials,” Jessica wrote in the press release, further mentioning that they all “showed their consent” about her separate career in fashion.
“I launched my business with kind support from my group members,” she continued, “but a mere month later, they abruptly changed their attitudes.”
Accordingly, they “demanded” her to either suspend her fashion line or leave the band.
On Sept. 16, Jessica reportedly consulted with the head of her agency and received permission to pursue her fashion career while working in the group.
SM Entertainment said on Tuesday through a press release that Jessica approached the company earlier this year, saying she would voluntarily leave the band after releasing one last album.
Jessica’s fashion line, Blanc, was launched in August, and is reportedly stocked in China, Hong Kong and Macau.
By Lee Sung-eun