Seohyun Opens Up About Leaving SM Entertainment In Letter To Fans

Seohyun has written a letter to fans following recent reports that she is planning to set up a one-person agency after leaving SM Entertainment.

On November 3, she posted the following letter to her Instagram along with an image that reads “To my beloved fans”:

“To our fans who have always protected us during this long time… Hello. I’m Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun. I’m so sorry to the many fans who must have been confused and concerned by the news that was suddenly reported a while ago… I was worried that I might make a mistake if I tried to express how I feel in an emotional and rushed way, so I’m posting this letter after much consideration.

“Recently, I’ve ended my relationship with SM, which has been like a family to me and my nest for the past ten years. I made the difficult decision after a lot of worrying. I sincerely thank Lee Soo Man, who made it so that I could live a new life as Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun when I was just a regular 12 year old girl… I’m thinking of all the days after I met my members who are so precious to me, and met all of you supportive fans, as we spent ten years together crying and laughing together…

“All of the days are so precious to me, and are beautiful times that I will never forget. From my days as a trainee when I dreamt of being a singer and took part in the tough competition, to the moment when we debuted and became one as Girls’ Generation like it was fated after all having the same dream, from the time I was a teenaged girl to now in my late 20s, there were countless happy days that shone brightly because we were together. We were always on each others sides and we got through the hard times together, always developing and working hard without ever stopping.

“Also, after ten years, we have talked a lot about how it’s possible that our desired futures, and the shape and color of those lives, will each have different directions, and so we support and respect each other. Although we might be together in a different way than before, my belief in the fact that we will support each other and be together has not changed.

“The decision I have come to after much consideration is to stand alone. I think that I need a new challenge in my life, and I had to make a choice in order to take on the challenge. I’m now planning to start my new challenge, as a singer, actor, and the person Seo Joo Hyun. But if there is ever a need for me as Girls’ Generation in the future, I will do my best to be together with my members, no matter when it is. And I will always support Girls’ Generation and be together with them.

“Although I feel some anxiety about leaving the nest and starting everything new, I will take responsibility for my choice since I made it after so much worrying.

“I’m so sincerely thankful to all of you fans who have always believed in me and given me so much warm and great love… I’ll do my best to be always be next to you as an artist, actor, and the person Seo Joo Hyun that you can rely on and be proud of!!”

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긴 세월 동안 언제나 같은 자리에서 우리를 든든하게 지켜줬던 팬 여러분께.. 안녕하세요. 소녀시대 서현입니다. 얼마 전 예고도 없이 보도된 갑작스러운 소식에 혼란스럽고 걱정하셨을 많은 팬 여러분께 정말 죄송한 마음이 가득합니다…. 감정적으로 섣불리 저의 마음을 표현하려다 혹여나 실수하게 될까 많이 고민하고 또 고민하다 고심 끝에 이 글을 올려요. 저는 얼마 전 지난 10여 년간 함께 해온 가족 같은 저의 둥지 SM과의 인연에 마침표를 찍게 되었어요. 수많은 고민과 결심 끝에 어려운 결정을 하게 되었습니다. 12살의 평범한 소녀였던 저를 소녀시대 서현으로 새로운 삶을 살 수 있도록 만들어주신 이수만 선생님께 진심으로 감사한 마음이 가득합니다…. 그리고 제 인생에서 너무나 소중한 언니들을 만났고 또 든든한 팬 여러분 소원을 만나 그렇게 서로 함께한 10년이란 세월 동안 매 순간 함께 울고 함께 웃었던 날들이 주마등처럼 스쳐 지나가네요.. 가수의 꿈을 품고 치열한 경쟁을 했던 연습생 시절부터 같은 꿈을 갖고 운명처럼 소녀시대로 하나가 되어 데뷔했던 순간, 10대였던 소녀 시절부터 20대 후반이 된 지금까지 우린 늘 함께였기에 찬란하게 반짝였던 수없이 행복했던 나날들과 언제나 서로가 서로의 편이 되어주며 버텨냈던 고되고 힘들었던 순간들까지 함께 이겨내며 성장하며 쉼 없이 달려온 모든 날이 저에겐 너무나 소중하고 영원히 잊지 못할 아름다운 시간입니다…. 그리고 10년이 지난 지금 서로가 원하는 미래와 그 삶의 그림과 색깔이 각자 조금씩 다른 방향일 수 있다는 걸 많은 대화를 통해 서로 이해하고 존중하게 되었어요. 비록 예전과는 조금 다른 모양과 방식으로 함께할지라도 서로를 응원해주고 함께 할 거라는 믿음만은 변함이 없습니다. 오랜 고민 끝에 제가 내린 결론은 홀로서기였습니다. 제 인생에서 새로운 도전이 필요하다는 생각이 들었고 도전을 하기 위해서는 선택을 해야만 했습니다. 이제는 가수로서 배우로서 그리고 인간 서주현으로서 새로운 도전을 시작하려고 합니다. 하지만 앞으로도 소녀시대로서 제가 필요한 곳이 있다면 언제든 언니들과 함께하기 위해 최선을 다할 것입니다. 그리고 영원히 소녀시대를 응원하고 함께할 것입니다.. 둥지를 떠나 모든 걸 새롭게 시작함에 있어 불안한 마음도 있지만 수많은 고민 끝에 내리게 된 제 선택에 책임감을 갖고 살아가겠습니다. 그동안 저를 믿어주시고 더없이 뜨겁고 큰 사랑을 주신 수많은 팬 여러분께 진심으로 감사드리고 또 감사합니다.. 언제나 여러분 곁에서 든든하고 자랑스러운 아티스트, 배우 그리고 인간 서주현으로 최선을 다해 살아가는 모습 보여드리겠습니다!!

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Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung and Tiffany have also reportedly left SM Entertainment after not renewing their contracts, with Sooyoung in talks to join a new agency and Tiffany reportedly planning to study in the United States.

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