Asian Pop news centered around K-Pop, J-Pop, C-Pop, Anime, and more!

EXO members express their feelings about Kris’s departure

The members of EXO have left some ambiguous (and somewhat unambiguous) messages about Kris’s departure from the group.

Sehun recently posted a picture of a question mark with the caption “…” on his Instagram account.

Chanyeol posted a picture of EXO’s logo on his Instagram with the message, “Encourage the good, punish the evil.”

Luhan updated his Weibo account saying that he will keep quiet about the situation and that SM Entertainment will settle everything.

EXO members leave messages on SNS about Kris

Suho’s speech for M!Countdown tonight was powerful. He said,

“Thank you for this huge award. Thank you to everyone who loves us. It’s mentor’s day today, so I would like to thank Lee Soo Man. We won’t forget your kindness.

The EXO members genuinely apologize. Our team slogan is “We are one”, and so like our slogan, we promise to become an EXO that belongs not only to the individual, but to ourselves and to our fans. We will work hard. We are one. EXO, I love you.”

After his speech, he met with an OSEN reporter backstage where he said,

“All of the members had a discussion. We don’t understand Kris’s actions at all. Everyone was caught off-guard and have mixed feelings. I think Kris’s actions are irresponsible and show that he’s not thinking about EXO at all. Our members and agency have no issues. What Kris needs to do right now is take back the lawsuit and apologize to the members and the company.”

Tao’s Instagram post, however, was the most powerful out of all the messages.

We all know that he was very, very close to Kris and that he was one of the reasons why Kris didn’t leave SM Entertainment in the first place.

He posted,

“The road is long. You can go anywhere you want, and no one can make the decision for others. The truth is, the public is always in the dark. Maybe the public will feel for the minority party (Kris), but that’s not the truth. Only we, the people going through all of this, know the truth: Us 11 members, our SM company and staff.

But outside of that, people are mixing up the good and bad. You guys won’t know the feeling of being betrayed by someone. The feeling of everyone siding with the person who betrayed you.

You can have your own opinions and viewpoints, but I want to say this: The truth about right and wrong is clear. Our consciences are clear.

We can’t stop someone who wants to leave. Someone who is trying everything to get away. So he succeeded. When we don’t know anything, he kept it from us and the company and didn’t come back.

Everyone has ambitions, but I hope other people will know how to use it well. We’re sweating hard after practice, only to suddenly find out that someone won’t be coming back. We will have to prepare for the concert all over again as 11.

So tired. EXO. Let’s love”

Tao has always expressed his true feelings, and for him to write this about Kris shows just how hurt and betrayed the members feel about Kris’s departure.

And we agree that Kris’s leaving a week before EXO’s 1st solo concert is very irresponsible.

Perhaps Kris leaving has to do with that rumor that he was cast in a new movie in China. A Chinese screenwriter posted an update on Weibo last month saying that a member of a popular idol group will be “returning to China” to “continue his career”. The idol was said to have “too many fans” and that everyone knows who he is.

This is just all a chaotic mess. We hope both EXO and Kris all the best.

Even the EXO-K members couldn’t stand on the final stage of M!Countdown tonight due to the situation.

Tao’s translation credit: LuhanQT

  1. Janu says

    Well then you should also know that SM takes control of their SNS accounts and this could be SM posting these stuff so we never know who’s right or who’s wrong.

  2. passion burn says

    idk about that osen statement but most of EXO’s sns accounts are manipulated by SM.
    especially that terribly written post by Tao who is fluent in Chinese, And WOW! Chanyeol can write Chinese?

    1. Fenily Charo says

      it was already confirmed by Tao many times it is his own thinking and doing, he is a honest person. We shouldnt bs ourselves to blame SM for going on their weibo accounts. Get real.

  3. Chunsuke says

    It’s sad. It truly is that we never will be able to see EXO as a whole after this but I supports Kris and his choice!
    Keep fighting EXO! We believe in you and Kris we love you ♥ WE ARE ONE!! ★

  4. Ximena Parsons says

    Tao has just taken down his post in the last 24hrs?? Does this have anything to do with Kris being allegedly spotted at the hospital??!?! WOW this is like a soap opera

  5. Fenily Charo says

    Stop blaming SM for ‘making someone’s comment’ EXO has the freedom to write what they want. Tao is like my least fav but i know him well enough to see he was always a sensitive, honest, pure, innocent righteous, person! I believe his words! WE do not know the truth, BUT EXO DOES. i stayed quiet for so long and i just wanted to share my thought on this. Because Kris was my bias, so i naturally sided with him, even wrote tons of things on youtube… but after realizing a lot of facts
    and watching and reading and researching… i came to my own conclusion.
    I think it’s really sad and pathetic ppl actually believe stupid stuff
    like “well.. so and so told exo members not to talk to kris..” whehther
    that is true or not, do you ACTUALLY believe they would do that? Do you
    think they are a bunch of 6 yr olds or robots? They are adults and there
    isnt a contract that says “you must listen to me when i tell you not to
    talk to someone” Seriously, i watched them since day 1. I believe in exo, you can see they are hard working, HONEST, righteous people!
    If you follow SM entertainers since day one you would already know that SM
    made huge changes in 2011. If you watched clips from BOA, DSBK, SHinee
    and SNSD, you can see them make comments (EVEN BEFORE KRIS LEFT) how
    lucky the new generation of SM celebrity get it, why? because so much
    changes have been made. NO KRIS WAS NOT MISTREATED, everyone was treated
    EQUALLY, whether he was annoyed or irritated and isolated himself
    because of stress who knows but he was not mistreated in anyway! SM was
    known for mistreatment in the PAST, like how Hengeng went to the
    hospital and his manager came in and pulled the needle out from his arm
    to get him to hurry up. SM ppl these days are treated really good, they
    can go out whenever they want (you can google to see they can subway,
    bus, and play, there is tons of them roaming secretly around the street)
    can eat whatever they want and good food too (even outside of their own
    SM cafeteria), if they are sick or hurt they will be taken care of
    completely unlike Hengeng era. So unlike you think all the artists
    somehow have magical powers and knew kris was gunna leave in the future
    so they all just happen to lie about SM changes… just stop, SM
    improved because they have the money and facilities and power to do so.
    Even since 2012 Lay been saying how well the ceo and stuff treated them
    and they all have mad respect for the ceo. The only ‘illegal’ thing is (and you will find this in ALL good agencies in KOREA in general) is being an idol is not a 8-5pm job… being an idol is a FULL TIME JOB.
    You will have to do things you dont like, act ageyo when someone asks
    you, do radio shows, you will ask yourself “i came to sing and dance..
    so why the heck am i doing stuff that has nothing to do with what i
    wanted to do?” you will face tons of things you have to do that you dont
    want to do. It’s stressful and humiliating. Exo is working their
    butts off. But think about those who are doing so well like B2st is
    another group i love, and they say many times “im lucky if i get 3 hours
    of sleep” because they normally get 1 hour or less. EXO feels tired
    because yes it’s stressful and hard, but SM does it this way so you are
    famous, well known, so you can reach the ends of the earth, and not end
    up like those non-well-known boy groups who are not promoted properly.
    Another thing, Kris was swaying because he was indeed getting a
    flood of opportunities in china while he was in exo. Maybe i would have
    done the same thing. Being able to do what i want, be with my mom, get a
    healthy amount of sleep… why wouldnt i? Kris wouldnt break the
    contract with SM so he had no choice but to sue them, that was his
    reason so he can leave and join a china agency. If someone offered me a
    shorter, million dollar contract with better benefits, it’s looking good
    right? He was already looking at gigs and movies in May. It goes to
    show, it is what it is. Looking at the big picture i can understand what
    kris did. But he should have ended things properly and not let his
    members pick up his pieces for him. Ignoring them and leaving SM
    wondering if he was gunna show up at the concert last minute or not for
    his exo members and fans. And i watched and seen exo well enough to see
    their true personalities… i like tao the least but i know him well
    enough to see he is pure, innocent, righteous, sensitive, and will just
    speak the truth, when he says he will not lie to his fans. I believe
    that. I believe exo. It is what it is. And i can see why kris isnt
    saying anything (there isnt much to say, but it was just hard) where
    Hengeng explained what happened to him. even from the beginning
    when kris was my fav, i was always nervous for him if he had to do
    something he didnt like, u can see it on his face. And there are times
    before recording mcs/hosts are asked not to ask kris to do certain
    things and other members will do it instead. So everything kris does
    something funny or joins in, the other members get really excited,
    supportive and encouraging so that he will continue to feel proud and
    comfortable with his actions. Kris just simpy tired, stressed, and
    didnt enjoy what he was doing and questioning himself if he can continue
    this lifestyle for many more years while at the same time having a
    bunch of options that are looking really good too.
    In the end, i wish him peace and happiness being a chinese solo actor. It suits
    him,(the boy idol group didnt suit him) and he will be living the lifestyle he wants with his mom, and being healthy.

    1. Summertwinkle says

      I agree with you. I thought I was the only one who found Kris to be slightly uncomfortable in shows, but he does crumble a bit under the “peer?” pressure when he finally goes into the water for Suho. When Chen is trolled by Lay to dance, Kris was asked to dance but just skirted by placing Xiumin in front, not that they aired any part of of the group dance it seems.

      I agree that Kris has his reasons to leave whether for health or work opportunities. Kris is being head-hunted and that’s the truth; that can only mean his “market value” has increased enough that the benefit of staying with SM is now less than the cons. I wouldn’t mind that he left if that could mean he can develop as an artist more. Being in a 12 person group where he’s not a main singer nor dancer doesn’t really allow for much opportunity to shine. The only thing SM failed to do is satisfy Kris’s intrinsic value; different members have different values and tolerance levels so I don’t think it’s fair to say just because so and so is still with SM, why is the Kris the odd one out?

      Hopefully, EXO and Kris can get pass this “betrayal” especially for Tao and Kris because I feel they are genuinely close. I get that they will feel hurt since they have been with each other almost day and night for the past few years working hard together, and all of a sudden, someone is gone. I mean when JYJ and DBSK went through this (although I’m glad my favourites stuck together), it was sad this automatically means they can’t be on the same stage anymore; it’s like their relationship is broken beyond repair or something. I’m glad Eunhyuk and Junsu got through it…they were always so close.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.