Earlier this month, K-Pop fans were shocked with the news of Luhan, a member of EXO-M filed a suit against SM Entertainment to nullify his contract. Rumours of him leaving the group were already being talked about for quite sometime prior to that date but not all chose to believe in such rumour. In fact, many EXO fans were still recovering from the bad news that happened in May, when EXO-M’s leader Kris decided to sue SM Entertainment to break free, too. Alas, October 10 came and it was made known that Luhan has decided that he wanted to leave SM Entertainment.
Luhan’s reasons for suing were reported to be: 1) SM Entertainment is unable to give good future development for Luhan; 2) the discrimination in terms of treatments given to Chinese and Korean members; 3) unreasonable allocation of resources; and 4) over-exhaustion and stresses that lead to health issues.
Those reasons do bear some resemblance with Kris’ and Han Geng’s (ex-Super Junior member who left in 2009) reasons of suing SM Entertainment. Like in the previous lawsuits, the topic on the idols being over-worked by the company that led to health issues that eventually made them to resort to these kind of drastic measures were being heavily discussed by fans – at least internationally – as well as “loyalty” and “backstabbing”. (See here to see a glimpse on some netizens’ reactions on Luhan leaving.)
On October 14, just a few days after the lawsuit news broke out, it was reported that Luhan will star alongside Chinese actress Yang Mi in a new drama but nothing has been confirmed on this matter.
During the time of these happenings, Luhan is reported to be in his hometown, Beijing.
The latest news on Luhan is that on October 23, he was spotted in a coffee shop in Beijing and photos of him there were uploaded by a Chinese media outlet Sina.