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Tao has issued only a few words to fans via his Weibo account on April 26th, he posted, “Sorry. Grateful.”
This news comes after a dispute between SM Entertainment and Tao's father went public last week. EXO members Xiumin and Lay also deleted their Instagram posts fuelling rumours that Tao might really be leaving EXO and that it might also mean the end of EXO-M.
IN EARLIER NEWS (23/04/15):
Chinese media outlet Sina has spoken exclusively with Tao's father who has admitted that Tao agreed to leave EXO for health reasons.
He Said, "Tao has ultimately agreed to leave... My son's treatment is the first priority, and as for the rest, that's something Tao will have to think about and make his choice.
For three years after his debut, Tao appeared on many programs that held a risk to harm his health. My heart hurt seeing that the agency did not properly take care of my son's injuries each time.
Last time when I visited Korea and tried to bring my son back to get him treatment, the agency suddenly told me 'Let's talk about Tao's future,'" he also said. "During that process, talk about his personal workshop came up, and I was very happy. I thought that finally the agency is acknowledging my son's hard work, but it eventually fell through."
Tao's father Huang Zi Tao added, "It is also very difficult and painful for me to make such a decision. Tao loves music and his team. Even though he didn't get proper treatment when he got hurt, he never once blamed them... However, as a father, I can no longer stand by and watch my son stand on stage in an injured state."
What do you think PopAsians? Does this mean Tao IS really leaving?
IN EARLIER NEWS (23/04/15): SM Entertainment responds to Tao's father's public letter concerning his son's treatment in EXO
SM Entertainment has responded this morning to a letter posted by Tao's father explaining his reason for bringing his son home and growing rumours that Tao might be leaving EXO. Their statement reads as follows,
“SM Entertainment will project its official position.
We would like to express our official position regarding the post made by Tao’s father on Weibo today.
We are currently in the process of continuously discussing the various activities for Tao in China with Tao and his father, it’s unfortunate that Tao’s father would post such an article. Nevertheless, through discussions with Tao’s father, we hope to explore his [Tao’s] developmental direction [to find a solution through a constructive way].”
On April 22nd, EXO’s Tao's father left the following heartfelt letter explaining his decision to bring his son home and the extent of Tao's leg injury he's been living with the past year.
“Hello followers of Huang Zi Tao, I am his father.
“My emotions are very complicated as I write this letter as I know that my decision will hurt many people, including my son Huang Zi Tao. Although I have thought very much about this, in his heart he may not understand and hate my selfishness. Throughout this whole journey I know how much he likes his group and perseveres in his work, so whether or not to have him leave Korea has become a difficult and painful decision for me…but as a father, I have the responsibility to make sure that he grows up happily and healthily and I cannot bear to see his health continue to deteriorate! Between his staying in Korea to be an idol and living healthily and in peace, I will choose the latter without hesitation.
“In my eyes, strength, tenacity, resolution, and determination are the necessary characteristics of a man. Thus, we let him learn martial arts, taught him how to be get through tough times, and develop a hardworking attitude. We let him earn money to learn music and dance to let him become someone who can sustain himself. Since becoming a singer is his dream and his choice, he must work hard for his own dream and make the necessary sacrifices for his decisions.
“Huang Zi Tao has never disappointed us; in making it this far, he has always been the pride of our family! But what has given me pause is – in these three years since his debut, he has gotten all sorts of injuries large and small. Back pains, body pains, leg pains, to the point that during each performance, whether I am physically there or at home, if he does a flip, I will be worried to no end, nervous that his old injuries will only worsen. This is especially true for overseas performances: sometimes the stage is slippery, sometimes it rains; before every performance I will be sure to tell him again that if the stage is wet, if it’s raining, if it seems unsafe, to not do the flip. But every time he says he does not want to disappoint everyone, comforting me by saying he will be careful. But in the end, I can only see through Weibo that he has injured himself again, it really hurts me! I can’t take care of him, sometimes I can’t contact him nor go to the performance, this burning pain is hard to describe with words, sitting at home clutching onto my phone to wait for any news, other people will never know.
“In the eyes of others, I should be very happy, a full family, my son is an idol, but how will they know the number of sleepless nights spent worrying about my son? This time I will do whatever it takes to bring Zi Tao back to heal his wounds. The night I went to Korea, the company talked to me about Zi Tao’s future, saying that as promised from the start they would make a special team to enhance his performances, of course I was happy to hear all these details. The company said that after Zi Tao signed the agreement, they would announce it along with other members’. However, with only this final step missing, and myself in Korea, the company revealed the future plans for the other members…I wanted to say so much that I drew a blank.
“Zi Tao did not get the company’s support, instead only returned with an injured body, in that case, what was all our perseverance from the start worth? I decided to bring Zi Tao home for treatment, only to get noticed that we missed the ideal treatment period. If these injuries do not properly heal it will be detrimental to his physical condition, just like how the last straw broke the camel’s back, this made me decide to bring him back. To parents, there is nothing more important than a child’s wellbeing. Compared to flowers, applause, and stage lights, his health and wellbeing will always be first on our hearts! Finally, we want to thank and apologize the company and his members: we want to thank the company for these three years of taking care of Zi Tao and his members’ support and care! At the same time I also want to apologize to all the fans of Huang Zi Tao and EXO, i know that my decision will hurt you all deeply but please understand this is what a father must do, I’m sorry!”
IN EARLIER NEWS:
Rumours are rife on the interwebs today that Tao might be leaving EXO following a report from Chinese media outlet iQIYI.
Chinese media Sina (they broke the news of both Kris and Luhan's departures) contacted SM Entertainment for a statement and one representative said, “We’re not sure.” Sina could not obtain a response from Tao’s representatives.
Tao is currently on a break from EXO promotions, having gone home to China to rest his leg injury at his parents’ home. iQIYI pulled together their story based on Tao's increasing activities in China, but then again, it could all be just a rumour.
What do you think PopAsians?
Source: My Daily