Sulli recently spoke about her past hardships on her new reality program, Jinri Shop, indirectly stating the reason she chose to withdraw from f(x).
She had indicated that she began to doubt the career she had chosen and eventually came to the conclusion that being an idol was not for her.
“[Being an idol] was not for me, I think. I couldn’t see the future. I had no idea what would happen in the future, so I did everything I could to protect myself. Even when I said I was exhausted, no one listened to me. I felt all alone in the world.” ㅡ Sulli
After the episode was released, Victoria shared a post on her Weibo account, which fans speculated to be a response to Sulli’s comment.
In the post, she stated, “Everyone has a path they desire and that they must go on. Don’t stop walking and go, don’t regret. I’m fine.”
While Sulli seems to have Victoria’s full support, some netizens didn’t seem to be as supportive with some continuing to express regrets about how Sulli left the group.
- “After being all lazy on stage and making it obvious that she didn’t want to be there, she withdrew from the group with the excuse that she was sick and then went on vacations with Choiza. There’s no problem with her quitting, but the process was incredibly selfish.”
- “It’s great that Sulli found what she wants to do. But there’s still something called a contract and if she’s received money in return, it’s right that she needs to do her best in the moment. Her attitude on stage was really unacceptable.”
- “I support Sulli but when she withdrew from the group, she did promotions for like 2 weeks? and then immediately said she couldn’t work anymore because of a cold and then suddenly she withdrew from the group…If she only fulfilled her duties before leaving the group, there wouldn’t be as many negative comments…What about the remaining 4 members? I think she should’ve at least finished the album promotions before leaving. But hopefully, they’ll at least be able to get together later and reminisce together…”
- “It would have been so much better if she finished the Red Light promotions before leaving.”
Sulli had taken a personal hiatus in the summer of 2014, not long after f(x)’s comeback with “Red Light”, due to health issues.
As a result, f(x)’s “Red Light” promotions were prematurely cut short and Victoria, Amber, Luna and Krystal began focusing more on personal activities.
Sulli’s hiatus continued until March 2015 when she slowly began returning to the public eye through various photo shoots.
Then in August 2015, Sulli officially left f(x) to focus on her acting career.
Despite her involvement in numerous scandals since her departure from the group, fans are happy to see that Sulli seems to have chosen a better path for herself!