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Korean girl group f(x) made their powerful comeback this month with their third studio album Red Light a year after the release of Pink Tape. They started promoting as five on music shows at the start of July, only for Sulli to mysteriously disappear from the group’s stages from July 17.
Her absence was initially brushed off by label S.M. Entertainment as a severe cold, but her continued nonattendance caught the attention of fans, who wondered what was going on behind the scenes. What raised suspicions further was that the other members have not been mentioning her in their winning acceptance speeches on the music shows that they were promoting on.
On July 25, S.M. Entertainment released a statement on the group’s official page stating that Sulli will go on hiatus with immediate effect due to physical and mental exhaustion. They also stated the spreading of malicious rumours about the 20-year-old as one of the main reasons for her hiatus and expressed that her hiatus was carefully decided upon after much deliberation and advice from doctors.
In addition, they declared that f(x) has concluded Red Light promotions as a group despite them only promoting for three weeks instead of the usual five that most idols go through with. The quintet will however still be attending the label’s group concert, SMTOWN Live World Tour IV in Seoul on August 15. Members Victoria, Amber, Luna and Krystal will also continue with their individual activities.
Prior to her announced hiatus, Sulli has been plagued by rumours of her dating fellow celebrity Choiza, who is 14 years her senior. The two were initially seen taking a stroll while holding hands in September last year, but the rumour was quickly refuted by both agencies.
However, the rumours resurfaced when pictures of Choiza’s alleged wallet with Sulli’s pictures inside were uploaded on the internet. The wallet was later confirmed to be his but both agencies have continued to keep their silence on the pair’s relationship status.