South Korean idol powerhouse SM Entertainment (SM) is once again facing contractual troubles with one of its boy groups. This time, it’s EXO-M leader, Kris (Wu Yifan), who wishes to dissolve his contract.
After rumours of Kris’ departure from the group spread on the Internet this morning, fans have been in heated discussion and are paying close attention to updates. The Korean media has asked for confirmation on this subject from the courts, and have confirmed that Kris has already submitted a request to dissolve his contract with the agency.
His reason for doing so is just like former Super Junior member Han Geng’s – he feels that his prospects are being restricted and that he is being treated unfairly.
Kris had mentioned numerous times that acting is his dream, but SM has never made any plans for him to take up an acting project.
Previously, Han Geng had been forced to wear a mask while performing on TV shows due to his nationality. Although EXO’s Chinese members – Kris, Luhan, Tao and Lay – are not required to do so, they still face many restrictions on broadcast shows.
Kris became an SM trainee after passing the Canadian S.M. Global Auditions. He debuted as an EXO member in 2012, and was later appointed leader of sub-group EXO-M, which is targeted at the Chinese market.
After merely debuting for one year, EXO’s first full-length album, XOXO, sold more than one million copies, making them the first Korean artistes to do so in 12 years. The 12-men band originally planned to begin their Asia tour in May, with Singapore as one of the designated stops.