Fans and netizens alike seemed to have developed a watchful eye over SM Entertainment's remaining Chinese artists after the agency's relationship with former EXO members Luhan and Kris ended up in a legal encounter, and especially with the latest unresolved issue concerning Tao's status in SM. The latest to be involved in a contract termination drama is f(x)'s leader Victoria.
In May 29, an entertainment insider reported through Weibo that Victoria unilaterally filed for contract nullification with SM Entertainment. It was said that the singer plans to return to China to set up her own personal studio which she was denied of by SM Entertainment when she requested for it. Victoria allegedly asked SM Entertainment to put up a studio for her in China, similar to Lay's. However, SM Entertainment reportedly rejected her request, forcing Victoria to opt out of the company.
In a statement with Chinese news outlet Sohu, SM Entertainment denied the rumors and shrugged them off for being baseless. "Victoria never requested to have her contract nullified. She doesn't have plans of leaving SM," the agency rep said.
In response to the rumor that Victoria was not permitted to put up her own personal studio in her home country China, SM Entertainment clarified, "Part of SM's strategy is to have stronger base operations in China, so we have started to utilize opportunities there. The same with EXO's Lay, we will assist Victoria in setting up her own personal studio under the agency's workshop policy to aid her in her activities in China." As for the formalities of this set-up, the personal studio is still technically part of SM Entertainment so the agency will enter a contract with Victoria for the studio's usage.
"SM Entertainment will give its full support to Victoria and help facilitate her activities in China," the agency concluded.