SHINee’s Taemin Responds to Rumors of Departing SM Entertainment

SHINee’s Taemin has finally spoken up about the swirling rumours regarding his potential exit from SM Entertainment after a remarkable sixteen-year tenure. Speculation has been rife about his next move, with talks suggesting his possible signing with BPM Entertainment, a company that has courted controversy.

SM Entertainment’s Stance

In the wake of these rumours, SM Entertainment released a statement on March 5, 2024, aiming to quell concerns among the SHINee fanbase, Shawols. The company confirmed SHINee’s continuation, mentioning ongoing discussions about contract renewals for Key and Minho. Taemin and Onew, however, reportedly weighed their options, leaving fans anxious about the future.

They will continue group promotions with SM Entertainment without change, but the contracts regarding their individual activities will be decided upon based on each of the members’ wishes. We are in the midst of positive discussions with Key and Minho regarding their individual activities as well as their group ones. Onew is exploring as he leaves himself open to various directions. Our exclusive contract with Taemin ends end March, and nothing has been confirmed about after his contract ends. We heard he is considering things from various angles. — SM Entertainment

Taemin’s Personal Message to Fans

Seeking to address the rumours directly, Taemin took to the fan communication platform Bubble on March 6 to share his thoughts and feelings. He admitted that the news breaking prematurely caught him off guard, expressing his desire to have communicated the developments personally to avoid unnecessary worries among fans.

“The sudden news was surprising, right? To be honest, I wanted to tell you myself cause I didn’t want you to worry about unnecessary things, but it came out before I could. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought since last year, so I’ve talked it through with the members and the company.” – Taemin

A Reassuring Conclusion

In his message, Taemin conveyed gratitude towards his supporters for their unwavering faith and backing throughout the years. He emphasized his commitment to SHINee while hinting at a hopeful outlook for what the future holds.

“I’m really thankful for the people who’ve been there for me. Thank you for believing in me and supporting my decision. I’m being careful cause of how fresh this is, but I don’t think it’s polite to stay silent when it comes to people who love and care for me. I believe there will be even better things in store for the futureㅎㅎ Please continue to look after me as a member of SHINee and as Taemin.” – Taemin

His reassurance acts as a comforting salve for Shawols globally, affirming that no matter the future, he stays true to his identity as SHINee’s Taemin.

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