As EXO fans continue to wait for official news on Huang Zi Tao’s future with the group, public outrage has emerged on the Chinese rapper’s Instagram.
Currently, Tao has been in the midst of controversy as his status with EXO has been put into question after separate statements by his father and SM Entertainment.
However, Tao has seemingly taken a stance on the matter by changing his Instagram description from EXO-TAO to Z.TAO .
“I will keep my promise that I have made to my fans, just give me a little more time,” said Tao at a recent birthday event according to Koreaboo .
“I will come back and stand in front of you all again.” Reportedly, the removal of EXO from his Instagram has incensed many observers, and some have left racially offensive slurs and comments online, including calling Tao a “chink.” As previously reported, a recently made social media account posted a letter that is allegedly written by Tao’s father.
The letter purports that the parent has requested a cancellation of Tao’s contract with SM Entertainment.
“Zi Tao did not get the company’s support, instead only returned with an injured body,” said the letter.
“In that case, what was all our perseverance from the start worth? I decided to bring Zi Tao home for treatment, only to get noticed that we missed the ideal treatment period. If these injuries do not properly heal it will be detrimental to his physical condition, just like how the last straw broke the camel’s back, this made me decide to bring him back.” No other updates have surfaced regarding negotiations between Tao’s side and SM Entertainment besides a statement from the record label on April 23.
“We are currently in the process of continuously discussing the various activities for Tao in China with Tao and his father, it’s unfortunate that Tao’s father would post such an article,” said the statement.
“Nevertheless, through discussions with Tao’s father, we hope to explore his [Tao’s] developmental direction [to find a solution through a constructive way].”