SM Entertainment Releases A Statement On EXO's Future Plans

The statement touched on Chen's engagement and the members' solo activities.
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EXO's agency SM Entertainment has released an official statement in light of the engagement announcement of Chen (Kim Jongdae) and the band's future activities.

Soompi reported the full statement on February 20.

The K-pop group's management agency shared that it "prioritized the members’ opinions regarding important matters including the direction of the team and members’ activities."

"Before officially announcing the marriage of member Chen, there was discussion exchanged with the EXO members," the statement read. "As much as the EXO members have all experienced the pain of members leaving, they expressed their intention that they want to continue together as they have until now. The agency also respected this opinion of the members, and there will be no changes in EXO’s member [lineup]."

"In addition, there are members who have military enlistment approaching ahead, so it was planned since last year for EXO’s activities this year to be focused on solo and unit activities. The members’ activities will be revealed one by one."

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"The EXO members will continue to promote in various ways as EXO, solo artists, and units, and they will repay the love of fans."

"We will also provide our full support in every way possible for further growth of EXO and the members."

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In January, Chen wrote a heartfelt letter to fans revealing his engagement to his non-showbiz girlfriend as well as the news that they are expecting a child. On February 19, he shared another letter to apologize to fans for how his engagement was announced.

The group released its sixth album Obsession in November 2019. EXO's D.O. and Xiumin are currently serving in the military. 

In February, SM Entertainment confirmed the news that Suho will be launching a solo debut, the timing of which is still being finalized. 

EXO was supposed to have a fan meet in Manila on February 22, but this was canceled due to the threat of coronavirus disease or COVID-19

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