On October 9, SM Entertainment confirmed that not all 8 members of Girls' Generation have renewed their contracts with the agency. An exclusive report by Ilgan Sports further explained that Sooyoung, Tiffany, and Seohyun are the 3 members leaving SM.
In reaction to the breaking news, the majority of netizens expressed great shock, as well as sorrow at the potential end of Girls' Generation as a group of 8. Comments stated, " Hul... I guess Girls' Generation is going to disband like this too", "I can't believe 3 of them are leaving SM", "It's so unfortunate... I hope this was a good decision for all of them", "Hul so Girls' Generation is 5 members now?", "Aigoo.. this means no more TaeTiSeo TT".
Another great number of netizens commented on Seohyun's departure from SM, claiming her decision in leaving the agency was the most unexpected. Comments stated, "Seohyun??? That is totally unexpected. I did expect Tiffany, though", "I was expecting Tiffany and Sooyoung but Seohyun was totally unexpected!", "What? I automatically assumed Seohyun will renew her contract but I guess not..."
Some netizens showed concerns for the leaving members, especially Sooyoung, stating they'll most likely struggle without the support of SM Entertainment. Comments stated, "Sooyoung won't be cast as the lead without SM", "How did Sooyoung think she'll be fine without SM? That's nonsense", "I think Sooyoung's just going to get married."
Overall, many applauded Girls' Generation's 10 years together and commented, "Here goes Girls Generation TT You girls have worked hard TT", "They've lasted very long compared to other groups. You can't do anything about this. In the beginning, everyone was saying wtf is a Girls' Generation but they went on to become K-Pop legends", "It feels like all the idols of my youth have left...", "It's like a fairytale that has come to an end. It was an amazing 10 years", "An end of a generation", "Girls' Generation is now over. Goodbye."
What are your reactions to the news?