27 May 2014 09:30 | By Dang Hui Ling
When K-pop idols leave their groups

What happens to these idols and the groups that they left?

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In May, EXO’s Kris sent shockwaves across the fandom and media, when he filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to terminate his contract with the agency – just eight days before the group’s first and long awaited concert tour was set to kick off in Seoul.

Despite the success of the Hallyu wave that has taken the world by storm, this is not the first time that a K-pop idol has taken such a drastic move.
Like in a love relationship, a break-up between members in a group reveals insights and accusations that shed light on the seemingly well-packaged industry.
Whether an idol chooses to leave on his own will or is “forced” to make his exit, the decision and change would inevitably have an instrumental impact on both the artiste and the group.

Click through the gallery for some of the most high-profile “break-ups” in K-pop.
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