Re-Blogged By: De De Tillman
Posted: Thursday August 9, 2018 @ 8:05 pm PST
Anyone who became a fan of EXO after 2014 or 2015 might have been confused when they watched older videos and counted more members. These fans would soon learn that EXO started with 12 members but over the years now has 9 members. But the real question is why and how did this happen?
On May 15, 2014, SM Entertainment confirmed that Chinese member Kris had filed a lawsuit against the company to terminate his contract, stating a violation of human rights as the main reason.
A few months later in October, Luhan would follow Kris and file his own lawsuit against the entertainment giant to nullify his contract. His decision was based on his own health issues and the feeling that the Korean members were treated differently. At this time, SM Entertainment was quick to announce that the group would continue with 10 members while the ongoing legal battles ensued.
Unfortunately for EXO-Ls that was not the end. On April 22, 2015, Tao‘s father posted a letter through Weibo expressing his concerns for his son and talked about Tao’s withdrawal from the group. The letter stated that Tao had previously injured himself but had allegedly never received proper treatment for his injuries.
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Reblogged By: De De Tillman; Asian Celebrity Reblogger
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Posted: Tuesday March 3, 2015 @ 1:41 a.m PST
News started spreading on Chinese social networking platform Weibo that EXO‘s Chinese member Tao might be leaving SM Entertainment.
A gossip Weibo page started the rumor on the night of March 2nd, which wrote, “EXO’s member Huang Zitao nullifies his contract with SM Entertainment and signs with Huayi Brothers. He will also star in the movie version of ‘My Sunshine’ (aka He Yi Sheng Xiao Mo/ Silent Separation).”
Although it is true that Tao has joined the casts in the Chinese movie which will be released on May 1st, there has been no official statement that Tao has left SM Entertainment or has signed with Huayi Brothers.
The manager of Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming denied the rumors, stating, “False news could also be sold as widely-spread news, looks like some organization is having some plans. We should just quietly film a good movie. @Huangxiaoming @Huangzitao.” He also attached a photo of a Chinese character that read “Go away.”
Huang Xiaoming is signed under Huayi Brothers and is also acting alongside Tao in the same Chinese movie, hence was rumored to be the one who connected Tao with a contract in China.
Not only have Tao and Huang Xiaoming spent much time in China together, when Huang Xiaoming went to Korea on a vacation with girlfriend Angelababy, Tao also accompanied them to go shopping.
“Tao contract nullification” has also been trending on Weibo, as many are currently discussing the topic.
Meanwhile, EXO is preparing for a comeback and is expected to introduce their comeback track at their upcoming concert EXO PLANET #2 – The EXO’luXion.
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