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The Curious Case Of Super Junior Member Kim Kibum’s Quiet Departure From SM Entertainment [BLOG]

By Tamar Herman via Kultscene | September 07, 2015 10:24 AM EDT

On August 18, a member left one of SM Entertainment's most popular groups and the K-pop world hardly stopped to consider the usual questions. There was no "why?" or "what now?" as there had been following departures from EXO, Girls' Generation, and f(x) over the past two years.

Instead, Kim Kibum's departure from SM Entertainment led, yes, to sadness from many Super Junior fans, but also to an almost overwhelming sigh of "it's about time" from the larger K-pop community.

For a fandom that has seen a lot of dramatic exits, Kim leaving SM Entertainment was one of the quietest major events to happen to one of K-pop's top acts. Which leads to the question of why the calm? Why didn't K-pop fans freak out about a departure from Super Junior?

Probably because Kim Kibum in actuality left being an active Super Junior member long ago, and the official statement that was shared by Kim on Instagram is just the final nail in a coffin that was already buried years ago.

[Just a note, several Super Junior members posted support for Kim's departure from SM, showing that there were no hard feelings, and fans were quick to notice that that Kim's official Instagram post said that he was leaving SM Entertainment but not Super Junior.]

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Tagged :  Kim Kibum, SM Entertainment, Super Junior, EXO, Girls Generation, f(x), K-Pop

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