SM Entertainment just released a statement addressing EXO‘s future plans, and confirmed Chen will not be leaving the group after his marriage.
In their statement, SM Entertainment addressed both Chen as well as the future plans for EXO, as the group is expecting more members to begin their mandatory military enlistment soon.
Hello, this is SM Entertainment.
We would like to discuss the future direction of EXO’s activities from the position of both the agency and the members.
As the management agency for EXO, we have put the members’ opinions first on important issues as well as the direction of the team and the members’ activities.
Before officially announcing Chen’s marriage news, we took the time to discuss with the EXO members, and they have all suffered from the loss of members in the past. The opinion was shared from the members that they want to be together in the future without any changes. We respect the EXO members’ opinions and would like to inform you that there will be no change in EXO members.
Also, there are members that are preparing to enlist in the military. Since last year, the plans for EXO were to focus on promoting individually and as unit groups. The activities of the members will be disclosed sequentially.
The EXO members will continue to work as EXO, as solos, and as units to return the love they receive. We will also do our best to support EXO in all aspects.
— SM Entertainment
Some Koreans have been calling for the removal of Chen from EXO due to his sudden marriage announcement, but even more Koreans have been sending their support to Chen during this highly personal time in his life.