Arguably one of Korea’s most popular K-pop bands forced one of its biggest stars out today in a scandal likely to go on for weeks to come. Jessica Jung, one of the nine member group Girls’ Generation, or SNSD as it is also known, was forced to leave her group by SM Entertainment for what is being called “conflicting business activities”.
The 25-year-old Jung, a Korean-American, was devastated by the news.
“I was excited about our upcoming fan events only to shockingly be informed by my company and 8 others that as of today, I’m no longer a member,’” Jessica wrote on her Weibo account this morning.
SM Entertainment released a statement hours later, stating “We reached a point where we could no longer maintain the team after she launched a fashion business without deciding exactly how to deal with the conflict of interest with the activities of Girls’ Generation.”
Jung moved to Korea at age 11 after being born in San Francisco. She joined SM Entertainment in 2000 and joined Girls’ Generation in 2007. In addition to group activities, she also has done modeling, acting and most recently launched her fashion line Blanc this year.
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