it can be tragic when a member leaves your favourite group; but most of the time they have a valid reason to do it. Here are but some of the stories (told very briefly) of why these members made the difficult decision to part ways with their fellow members and the hardships they faced in the process.
EXO – Kris
As you would have all heard in shocking news this week: EXO’s Kris filed to release himself from his SM Entertainment contract. Fans have spoken out mostly in support of Kris with shared understanding that SM Entertainment's contract specifications are very strict & that he needs to follow his heart. In the latest news a spokesman for the Hankyul Law Firm who represent Kris stated, "We will not be doing any more interviews with the press or revealing the details of the lawsuit. We will settle this quietly." See the full story here.
SPYAIR - Ike
J-rock group SPYAIR's lead vocalist IKE only tweeted today that he has resigned from the band. There has been no official confirmation as yet, but you can read the full story & see his tweet here.
Super Junior – Hangeng & Kim Kibum
Hangeng left Super Junior in 2009 after he also took SM Entertainment to court to request a release from his contract. He was rumoured to be suffering from stress at the time. He took some time out of the public eye before debuting as a solo artist in 2012 and has since been incredibly successful in his home country China. Kim Kibum faded himself out of promotional activities after the release of Sorry Sorry in 2009 to focus solely on his acting career despite the fact that he remained under contract. Well played!
Kara – Nicole & Jiyoung
Nicole’s departure saga erupted in January of this year after she took to twitter to break the news before DSP Media could officially announce the decision and hinting that she was not entirely happy with her position in the group (read the full story here). Jiyoung’s departure was far less controversial as she left to continue her studies abroad.
U-Kiss – Dongho
Dongho’s departure was one of great sadness: the U-Kiss member having to leave the group to focus on his health (read the full story here). NH Media stated that “he doesn't believe his health condition and stamina fits well with the life of a singer”.
2pm - Jay Park
Jay Park is a born solo artist which was evident even when he was a part of 2pm, but that wasn’t the initial reason for his departure from the group. When he first moved to Korea to train under JYP Entertainment he didn’t know the language or any Korean cultural customs and felt incredibly lonely. This led him to write some regrettably offensive remarks (they were also mistranslated) on his Myspace page that went viral and he decided to leave the group and return to the states and re-join his old crew AOM. Despite fan protests, JYP confirmed his contract termination in 2010. His debut solo EP Count On Me was released in July 2010 & went platinum in South Korea confirming his re-debut as a solo singer and an actor with a different agency SidusHQ.
Long story short - he's killing it right now.
TVXQ – Jaejoong, Yoochun & Xia
It’s difficult to cope when your favourite group is divided, but you have to understand that in the end, individual members have to look after themselves. Which is exactly what TVXQ members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu did back in 2009 when they sought to terminate their contracts with SM Entertainment, claiming that their 13 year contract was excessively long, they had no say in their schedules and profits were unfairly distributed. They also ended up in a legal battle with their Japanese agency Avex over the same issue which only ended this year. WOW!
They have since re-debuted as JYJ under C-JeS Entertainment and as solo artists in their own right. It's safe to say they are all very sucessful and better still they're happy now too!
Wonder Girls – Sunmi
No one can argue that it wasn’t a good move for Sunmi to jump the girl group ship. In January 2010, JYP announced that Sunmi would be postponing her musical career to pursue her academic career and it wasn’t until 2 years later that they stated she has remained with the company. She of course debuted in 2013 as a newly pink-bobbed solo artist.
Thanh Bui was part of the boy-band North who toured around Malaysia and split up in 2006. He then appeared on Australian idol in 2008 and made it into the top 12 contestants that led to him pursuing a solo career. On top of that he is the director and vocal coach at the International Artist Academy in Melbourne. Click the audio tab at the top of this article to listen to what he had to say about disbanding & his advice for EXO's Kris.
T-ara – Hwayoung
T-ARA's Hwayoung was supposedly bullied by her fellow members forcing her to leave the group in 2012. The issue divided a lot of fans at the time and it took a while for the girl group to get back on their feet after their promotional activities were suspended. She returned in 2013 as a DJ and actress.
TOO MANY TO COUNT! When you’ve got almost 100 members in your group, some are bound to leave… sometimes in droves as we have seen so far this year. Most members graduate to focus on their studies since they's recruited at such a young age; which is completely understandable. Lucky they are easily replaced!
I wonder if they would even notice when someone doesn't turn up to training? #kidding