A series of exits have been made from SM Entertainment. From Girls' Generation's Jessica Jung to EXO's former member Kris, and now, Super Junior star Kim Kibum has bid goodbye to the company. Kim made his exit public on his Instagram account and stated, "2015 august 18th. Finished with S.M. ent. Lets begin my new life...!! For the time we were together, SM, thank you."
Following the singer's announcement, the company officially confirmed that his contract has been terminated, reported Allkpop.
The Super Junior member's short announcement is not an isolated one. A few weeks ago, Jessica's exit was notified by a vague statement that did not reveal any details about her decision to quit SM Entertainment.
Are artists under pressure to remain tight-lipped about their tenure with the company?
Reports indicate that SM Entertainment has manifested a culture of harassment and unprofessionalism in their work ethics. Soompi claimed that former EXO member Kris was a victim of the company's unfair profit distribution and restrictions, which affected his personal health. In fact, the singer was diagnosed with Myocarditis in China.
Furthermore, we reported earlier that Luhan's departure from SM Entertainment is still under litigation. The "Miss Granny" star reportedly left the company as he witnessed discrimination among Chinese and Korean members, according to Korea Boo.
"Due to long term lack of sleep, stress, and irregular meal hours, Luhan's body could not take it anymore," the article stated.
Among SM Entertainment's artists, EXO members have been vocal about the work environment at the company.
However, Stephanie from 'The Grace' defended the company. She said, "I'm here because there are people who worked hard behind the scenes. Thanks to them, I am happy that I am able to work as much as I want," reported Soompi.
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