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Girls' Generation's Jessica dropped a bomb on fans in the wee hours of the morning, declaring in both Korean and English that she will be leaving the girl group.
In her blog post, she mused, "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. I'm devastated - my priority and love is to serve as a member of GG, but for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out."
About half an hour later, she added a comment on her original post, sharing, "You guys are very special people that I love dearly, therefore you deserve to hear the truth from me. I'm deeply saddened and hurt by those who I trusted and hope that you don't ever have to experience this kind of pain."
Questions over the legitimacy of the post have been raised given recent reports that all nine members extended their contracts with their label, S.M. Entertainment.
The company has yet to issue a statement while fans have voiced their hopes that Jessica has merely been hacked and will continue to remain in the group.
The remaining eight members of Girls' Generation were spotted at Incheon Airport leaving for Shenzhen, China for the Girls' Generation 1st FANS PARTY Mr.Mr. in Shenzhen. Her absence at the airport has raised further questions on her future with the group.
12.45PM UPDATE: SM Entertainment has confirmed Jessica’s departure from the group. In their official statement, they declared that the conflict of interest between her fashion brand, BLANC, and the group’s official activities have led to her decreased amount of participation with Girls’ Generation. As such, she will be withdrawing from the group as the label stated that she is unable to keep up with the rest of the members.
As a closing statement, they urged fans to continue supporting Girls’ Generation as an eight-member group in the future and that they will support Jessica in her personal activities.