“Oh I assumed he left SM however nonetheless an EXO member… I used to be incorrect???”
Regardless that Lay hasn’t been in an EXO music video since “Monster” was launched in 2016, there has by no means been an announcement that he’s now not a member of the group. In reality, he has participated within the group’s albums since then — together with their most up-to-date one, Don’t Combat the Feeling, in 2021 — and despite the fact that he introduced his departure from SM Leisure a few yr in the past, he additionally promised he’d be accessible at any time when the EXO members wanted him.
For years, EXO followers have held onto the hope that he would sometime return to lively promotions with the remainder of the group’s members, regardless of his profitable solo profession in his dwelling nation of China and departure from SM Leisure. Nonetheless, netizens have now grow to be confused about Lay’s standing with each EXO and SM Leisure attributable to one thing found on the Korean leisure label’s web site.
Below SM Leisure’s artists web page on their web site, each group and person who works beneath the label is included from singers to actors and fashions, and even athletes. If you click on on the hyperlink for EXO on this record, it results in a web page that features the entire members and models throughout the group. Lay will not be on this web page, leaving solely the opposite eight members and two sub-units listed.
Whereas one would possibly assume he’s not included as a result of he’s now not beneath SM Leisure, it seems that he’s nonetheless listed as a person artist on the artist web page on the web site outdoors of EXO.
If you happen to click on on his profile, it does result in a web page that now not exists on the web site, so it’s doable that he simply hasn’t been faraway from the artists web page but. However this revelation has nonetheless left many followers confused and questioning what Lay’s standing with EXO and SM Leisure is.
The picture of his artist profile was shared on a web-based Korean discussion board, the place netizens shared their clear confusion and totally different theories within the feedback.
- “I feel so? Lay makes a lot cash, it’s a win for SM too”
- “Yup, I feel so”
- “He would come up on EXO’s official discussion board even whereas selling as a soloist earlier than, however after final yr, he hasn’t, so he’s undoubtedly left… Contemplating how he nonetheless comes up on SM’s official discussion board I feel he nonetheless has ties with SM”
- “Most likely? Lay’s workshop was first one thing like SM China Label or one thing. I’m unsure if he’s beneath principal SM however I feel he’s nonetheless in SM in some way”
- “Omg!! I assumed his contract with SM expired… I see”
- “Oh, so that you’re saying that his contract did expire however he transferred to an affiliate label?”
- “I noticed that one of many Boys Planet trainees was in Lay’s company. Does that imply that company is a retained label beneath SM?”
- “Wow when did he go away [the group]?”
- “Wow, however it mentioned within the assertion about him leaving the group that he was parting methods with SM”
- “SM later launched an announcement saying that they renewed his contract differently and he renewed his contract with the company”
Worldwide followers are additionally bewildered over the scenario, with many hoping for some clarification from SM Leisure or Lay himself concerning the scenario.
We’ll have to attend and see if both get together does find yourself talking up about Lay’s standing earlier than we actually know what’s happening!