(I literally just wrote about Soojin’s potential comeback with the group a month ago.)
Neverlands and casual listeners of (G)I-DLE were definitely not expecting this piece of news.
On August 14, 2021, CUBE Entertainment, the girl group’s label, announced the departure of Soojin, (G)I-DLE’s main dancer through an official statement. While they have apologized for the concerns raised by their artist’s “controversy”, the agency ultimately decided to let Soojin leave the girl group.
CUBE Entertainment has also detailed that (G)I-DLE will continue carrying out their activities in a 5-member system with the remaining members: Soyeon, Miyeon, Yuqi, Minnie, and Shuhua.
K-Pop stans on Twitter were abuzz after Korean and K-Pop culture media outlets began circulating their articles. Neverlands, (G)I-DLE’s fans, were even more devastated with this turn of events. Some were even angry with CUBE’s decision, citing the undeserved treatment received by Soojin during the time her “controversy” when all she did was prove her innocence by stating the inaccuracies in her accuser’s story.
‘Soojin’, ‘NEVERLAND_LOVES_SOOJIN’, and ‘GIDLE_IS_6’ became trending topics on Twitter and other social media platforms almost immediately.
i’m so sorry soojin 🙁 pic.twitter.com/fqmw60ii9V
— idle are six!⁷ (@uwuidle) August 14, 2021
— Vondergeist -Soojin best girl- (@Vondergeist3) August 15, 2021
crying again pic.twitter.com/Ar0nknOc8b
— soojin pics #ThankYouSoojin (@soojinpic) August 15, 2021
"Soojin seems nice, so people think it's okay to mistreat her. but she's a human too, she can't put up with everything. i've never seen soojin get angry and yall at someone. even when she gets hurt, she smiles" pic.twitter.com/VNA0jI68x8
— naa is Resting.🍒 (@seotaengi) August 14, 2021
One last important thing that #Soojin taught all of us Neverlands is that
Never ever apologize for the things that you never did.
Even when almost everyone turned their back on you.
— RUSS 💜🍒 (@russellenicole) August 14, 2021
— ಇ mina best 𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘯 girl 🛸 (@_imyour_chezia) August 14, 2021
soojin's last letter showed how much she wanted to prove her innocence. cube could've atleast explained how the trial went or was there even one to begin with. we fucking deserve an explanation (1/4) pic.twitter.com/DxsVJKA1jl
— ًGIDLE IS SIX (@dailysoojin_) August 14, 2021
As of writing, Neverlands have started a petition wanting Cube to explain their decision, to bring Soojin back to (G)I-DLE, and to give justice to the (G)I-DLE’s main dancer. (You can find the petition here). It’s also come to fans’ attention that Soojin’s accuser deleted all her posts that accused Soojin of bullying her. Some have even started leaving comments about the situation on her social media, saying that she was shameless and that she ruined someone’s future.
Later, it had been reported by Sports Kyunghang that the decision regarding Soojin’s removal from (G)I-DLE had already been decided in March 2021—when Soojin’s controversy first broke out. This decision was made in connection to (G)I-DLE’s activities, in which the controversy had a negative effect on their activities as a group. Sports Kyunghang also reported that both CUBE Ent. and (G)I-DLE saw that they could not delay their group activities anymore, which later on led to Soojin’s ultimate removal.
Earlier in the year, CUBE Entertainment announced Soojin’s temporary hiatus from group activities. Active members of (G)I-DLE continued on with their solo activities: Soyeon with her comeback last July, Yuqi’s solo debut and China promotions, Minnie’s acting debut in Netflix sitcom “So Not Worth It”, and Miyeon’s web drama and MC gig.
Neverlands are rightfully angry at CUBE Entertainment for this turn of events. Hopefully, CUBE Ent. can see the emotions of their fans and to reconsider their position.
Cube, this gift is for you : pic.twitter.com/VLrsMGSdtS
— wala | we love you soojin (@midzystay2) August 14, 2021
But knowing them, they’re being trash to their artists. Just look at how they handled HyunA and Dawn’s dating announcement. That should probably say enough about how they actually treat their artists.
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