Earlier, we reported on the news that beloved girl group (G)I-DLE would be making their comeback on October 17.
[🗞] (G)I-DLE 5th Mini Album
[I love] Magazine Vol.10 출간 ❤
(여자)아이들의 솔직한 사랑 이야기,
I love 10월호에서 확인하세요.
— (G)I-DLE·(여자)아이들 (@G_I_DLE) September 13, 2022
The announcement was received by much fan-fare as the comeback marks the girl’s return in seven months since their triumphant offering of “Tom Boy” and the girl’s first full-length album, I NEVER DIE.
It was also announced that the group’s upcoming album would be offered in different versions. Of these, the “X-Files” version instantly caught the eye of fans.
The “X-Files” version features a yellow cover with a red X. On the far right, the members’ names are written. Fans noticed that between Soyeon and Yuqi, there was an X mark.
Fans are alleging that the X marks the spot reserved for none other than Soojin! According to fans, the names of the members, when written in order of birthdates, place Soojin in between Soyeon and Yuqi, where the X is placed in the cover art.
You guys!!! Look at this
🚫☜ This place for SOOJIN??
— Catalia_N (@catalia_n) September 13, 2022
Is soojin back??? pic.twitter.com/WJsYyETSyV
— BORN PINK 2M in 2 weeks 💜 (@BlinkBtch_) September 13, 2022
Also, the group’s name has been stylized as (G)I-DLE, which fans allege is a sign the member will return.
HOW CAN THIS MEAN ANYTHING OTHER THAN SOMETHING BIG TO DO WITH SOOJIN ??!! AND THE G IN (G)I-DLE IS BACK??!! AND SOOJIN JUST HAD HER LAWYER CLEAR HER NAME RIGHT BEFORE THE COMEBACK ANNOUNCEMENT SO WHY WOULDNT SHE BE ABLE TO COMEBACK?! pic.twitter.com/wCwEgmrJys
— Swan (@cherrypinkidle6) September 13, 2022
THE G IN GIDLE IS BACK IS SOOJIN COMINGBACK? AND THE HEART? HER TATTOO?? THE CONCEPT IS ALSO VERY SOOJIN…
— ꧞ ᥫ᭡ IS SEEING BLACKPINK (@dahliassj) September 13, 2022
As news reports continue to write about fans’ speculation, Cube Entertainment has yet to make a statement on this.
For context, Soojin had prior left the group due to bullying allegations that she has consistently denied. Recently, it was revealed that Soojin was ruled innocent of bullying during a School Violence Committee back in middle school, stoking many (G)I-DLE fans’ desires for the idol to return.