Girls’ Generation’s Sunny has left her agency, SM Entertainment, after 16 years. In an Instagram post, she released a statement to confirm the news.
“Hello. This is Girls’ Generation’s Sunny. In addition to expressing my gratitude for Girls’ Generation’s 16th debut anniversary, there is something else that I additionally wanted to relay, so I’m writing this post,” she wrote as per Soompi’s translation.
The K-pop star expressed her gratitude to her members, family, and staff, whom she said are always by her side, including the fans, who gave her strength.
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She also thanked SM Entertainment for helping the “19-year-old Lee Soon Kyu” debut as Girl’s Generation’s Sunny.
“I want to express my gratitude to the managers who worked hard and shared our joys and sorrows while promoting in the entertainment industry for 16 years and to all the employees who helped us to be able to spread positive energy through good music and good sides of us as well as various performances and content,” she added.
“Every single day, I was as happy as I could be to be able to debut as Girls’ Generation with the members and to meet SONE.”
Sunny reiterated that she’s now trying to take courage to see herself in “a new environment from a different perspective.” She thanked her fans again for their continued support for the past 16 years.
“No matter what kind of day comes in the future, I will continue to move forward as the revitalizing Sunny. I will continue to be Sunny who shares good news going forward. Thank you,” she concluded.
On August 8, SM Entertainment announced that the exclusive contract between Sunny and the agency has ended, according to a report from Naver.
The agency said, “We would like to express our gratitude to Sunny who has been with her company for a long time and showed her wonderful activities, and we ask for your support for the new path that Sunny will walk in the future.”
In 2017, other members Seohyun, Tiffany, and Sooyoung left SM Entertainment.
Sunny debuted as a member of Girls’ Generation in August 2007.