Last year, the K-pop community was rocked to its core when news released that Jessica Jung was released from mega-group So Nyeo Shi Dae (SNSD), better known as Girls’ Generation. Though fans were saddened by the turn of events, they came to accept the circumstances.
Almost a year later, Girls’ Generation is preparing the launch of their latest album as an eight-member group. Though details of the album have been hush-hush, many of the group’s members teased themes via Instagram, especially Sooyoung and Tiffany. However, Girls’ Generation back in the spotlight would eventually bring up the matter of Jessica Jung. After staying fairly silent since her departure, Girls’ Generation is finally opening up about it.
According to AllKpop, certain members of Girls’ Generation made statements pertaining to Jessica Jung’s departure (though they do not mention Jessica at all). Taeyeon, the leader of the group, made the following claim on their upcoming album along with their plan of attack on releasing the new record.
“We did not want to disappoint our fans, so we rolled up and stuck together more as we prepared, and this became a chance for us to become stronger. Since we’ve prepared so diligently, it was a shame to show just one song, so this time, we ended up trying out three songs [for title tracks].”
Reportedly from the source, Taeyeon is saying between the lines that Girls’ Generation (the remaining members) admit it was shameful what happened with Jessica Jung, but they now have a stronger bond. Apparently, such is true because Yuri also provided a statement that indicates Jessica’s departure was actually a good thing for the group.
“Seeing as how each member had a long training period, we’re fairly good at both singing and dancing. When we were able to separate the members into [three groups of three], we had no time to stand out, which had been a shame, but I think we’ve now gotten the time to show each member’s charm.”
It is unknown why Girls’ Generation is purposely avoiding the mentioning of Jessica Jung in the first place. First off, they both still work under SM Entertainment. Second, Jessica seems to have no problem mentioning them in interviews, especially during her Marie Claire photo shoot, as reported by KPopStarz.
“If I were still a part of Girls’ Generation, I wouldn’t be able to participate in a photo shoot like today. Idol group members always have to be happy. Nice, pure and happy. But I’m already 27 and I can’t always be that happy girl.”
Right now, Jessica Jung is concentrating on her clothing line, photo shoots, and solo career. Girls’ Generation recently released the music video of “Party” from their upcoming album.
[Image via Girls’ Generation Promotions For MV “Party”]