In October 2017, Tiffany, Sooyoung and Seohyun left SM Entertainment on the condition that the group not disband. As the group went on an extended hiatus, the members mostly focused on their solo careers.
The remaining eight members of Girls’ Generation remained equally popular with their fans and became known as the OT8, or “One True 8”, a term famous among K-pop bands. However, in 2018, three other members, Seohyun, Sooyoung and Tiffany, also left the group to pursue acting and make solo music.
Reportedly all eight remaining members of the K-pop act group will be making a comeback with a new album in August to celebrate their 15th anniversary. Additionally, Girls’ Generation will also appear on TV shows and reality programs to promote the upcoming release.
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9) the band’s agency, SM Entertainment, announced that three members of the group have not renewed their contracts with the label. According to Yonhap News, members Tiffany, Seohyun and Sooyoung have reportedly left SM to pursue solo projects.
The Girls’ Generation is one of South Korea’s prominent personalities and most popular K-pop groups worldwide, having received numerous awards and the honorable nickname “The Nation’s Girl Group” in their home country.
They were inseparable during SNSD’s active time and she and shows used strong, flowery language about how close they were… and then Tiffany leaves and they not only rarely interact anymore, but Tiffany is much more open around Sooyoung, Yuri, Seohyun, pretty much everyone except Taeyeon.
There was a story that during Super Junior’s performance (before SNSD) a number of SNSD fanboys ran towards the Super Junior banners and ripped them apart right in front of the ELF fans. As a result, other fan groups decided to boycott all SONEs.
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In October 2017, Sooyoung left SM Entertainment but remains a member of Girls’ Generation. She joined the Echo Global Group and released her first solo single “Winter Breath” in 2018 before joining Saram Entertainment in 2019.
It was recently reported that Girls’ Generation’s YoonA, Taeyeon, Yuri, Sunny and Hyoyeon have renewed their contracts with SM Entertainment. YoonA, Taeyeon, Yuri, Sunny and Hyoyeon had already renewed their contracts with SM Entertainment in 2017 and stayed with the agency for more than ten years.