A Twitter account allegedly belonging to a SM C&C employee was deleted shortly after implying that two members of EXO were leaving the Korean idol group.
On April 22, an account belonging to a man claiming to be an employee of SM C&C wrote about the news of Tao leaving EXO and added that EXO’s final Chinese member Lay will also leave the group.
The Twitter account, @no1position, belonging to Nam Hyun Joon was deleted shortly after the tweet was popularized by fans on Korean social media sites.
“In the end, Tao also is taking steps to withdraw…
Lay will also take steps soon…” read the tweet.
Nam’s Twitter account described himself as a “SM C&C creative [lit.
performing arts] producer” and a described him as member of DCTribe, a Korean hip hop community.
It also said that he spoke Chinese on a basic level and was located in Seoul.
Before the account was deleted, fans shared the image on portal site Instiz .
Rumors surrounding EXO’s Tao and Lay began in 2014, after former members Kris and Luhan sued SM Entertainment and began pursuing careers in China.
Since February, rumors have rapidly gained traction while SM Entertainment has issued denials.
Lay, the only one of the four original Chinese members of EXO and subgroup EXO-M to remain in EXO as of April 23, purged his Instagram entirely on April 23, causing rumors of yet another departure.
The tweet by Nam hints that Lay will also leave SM in the near future.
However, SM Entertainment announced in April that it set up a separate company to help Lay promote in China along with his activities.
The tweet came on the heels of the news that EXO’s Tao agreed to his father’s request that he leave EXO and return to China due to health concerns for the idol.
SM Entertainment issued a statement saying that the company is urging Tao and his father to meet for discussions before taking formal action.
— Tamar Herman is a multi-media journalist and the co-founder of KultScene .
She is a freelance writer and copy editor, and an MTV Iggy contributor.
She currently works in the newsroom of one of New York City’s largest news stations.