Following Soojin’s departure, (G)I-DLE will only work with a five-member lineup in the future.
After many school bullying controversies emerged in March 2021, many people had speculated that Soojin would leave (G)I-DLE. Despite denying the allegations and stating that Soojin had no recollection of what happened, on August 14, CUBE finally announced Soojin’s departure.
The official announcement from CUBE is as follows:
“Hello. This is Cube Entertainment. Firstly, we bow our heads in apology for concerning you with the matter of our company artist, Seo Soojin’s controversy. We would like to inform you that it was decided that Seo Soojin will withdraw from the group effective today. In the future, (G)I-DLE will proceed to promote as a 5 member group, and the company will do our best and unchangingly support the group, so they are able to show a more mature sound and performance. Thank you.”
After nearly five months, the incident has finally come to an end. Soojin’s decision to leave the group is akin to her implied admission of her wrongdoings. Knetizens are now likewise pleased with CUBE’s decision as they believe that someone who has previously been a bully does not deserve to be an idol:
- Oh finally.. (G)I-dle fighting
- Finally, farewell
- What a relief. I wasn’t a fan but I pity Jeon Soyeon so much. Her skills were outstanding
- Wow this took them so long…
- Wow congrats congrats. (G)I-dle, I’m supporting you
- (G)I-dle’s fandom must’ve suffered. You guys worked hard
- Her victims must have had such a hard time. I will always support you guys
- If they were gonna kick her out, should’ve done it earlier
- Wooow the other companies should get in their right minds too
- What about her apology??? She threatened that other actress but never apologized to her? And never apologized to the victims either?
- Wow (G)I-dle congrats ㅠㅠㅠㅠ let’s walk on the flower path from now on
- I hope she apologizes to Shinae who got tormented by her trolls and her company also tormented the victims twice
- Huh?… so she ruined her image all for this…??
- So suddenly? Farewell and apologize
- Soyeon fighting!!!!!!!!!!! Miyeon is also pretty, good at singing and likable
- Lia and Hyunjin too! ㅎㅎ
- F*ck I’m jealous. (G)I-dle hit even bigger
- Why was she so confident when she asked Shinae to release a statement?
- Apologize to Shinae~
- Did she apologize though?~~~~
Despite the fact that this is the result of her previous wrongdoings, many foreign netizens voiced their regret for Soojin, who was previously hailed as the next generation’s “sexy queen”:
- I thought I was going to see a full comeback lineup of (G)I-DLE. Now that Soojin is gone, the other members must be really sad. I swear this group has excellent teamwork.
- It’s really sad for Soojin, all of her activities have been stopped for so long but if she stayed, her scandals would affect the group. Well, now I can only wish (G)I-DLE more and more success in the future.
- I once thought Soojin would be the next “sexy queen” of Kpop.