SM Entertainment announced that Red Velvet‘s Seulgi would make her solo debut titled 28 Reasons on October 4, 2022. She follows her fellow members, Wendy and Joy, who were the first to release extended plays in 2021.
— Red Velvet (@RVsmtown) September 12, 2022
Based on the trailer that was released, it seems like Seulgi’s concept will be closer to the darker themes of Red Velvet’s first subunit, Red Velvet – IRENE & SEULGI, which debuted in 2020.
from Irene & Seulgi to Wendy to Joy and now Seulgi solo debut lets goooo!! pic.twitter.com/OzmOCnVjUH
— Carl 🌻 (@yermapologist) September 12, 2022
Red Velvet’s youngest members Joy and Yeri, quickly showed their support for their unnie (Korean word girls use to address older women) by sharing the trailer and commenting on her Instagram post!
220913 Yeri shared the 28 Reasons album teaser to her IG Story!
— KSG Updates (@KSGUpdates) September 12, 2022
joy ig story update and comment under seulgi’s instagram post about her solo debut !!
“people in the world, please see our seulgi’s unnie cool stuff!!! 🙊🤍 insane…. kang seulgi is the best”
“kang seulgi what is it that you can’t do really 🔥🙊❤️” pic.twitter.com/2mzkB6o4IL
— ta (@joyisthetics) September 12, 2022
Even idols outside of Seulgi’s group weren’t immune to her charms since, less than 12 hours later, TWICE‘s Jeongyeon also reacted to Seulgi’s post by liking it and commenting, “Is there anything you can’t do?”
Jeongyeon liked and commented on Seulgi's album trailer 😭💕💕💕 pic.twitter.com/gBp6iEL7eM
— ㅇㅈㅇ를 기다리며 (@owhaYoo) September 13, 2022
Similar to Joy’s, her comment refers to how Seulgi is often called an “all-rounder,” meaning she doesn’t have any weaknesses in her performance abilities as an idol.
‘All-rounder Queen’ Red Velvet SEULGI is making her solo debut! Her first mini album '28 Reasons' is out on October 4th! Pre-sale starts today!https://t.co/mDgbJhf13N#슬기 #SEULGI#레드벨벳 #RedVelvet #28Reasons
— Red Velvet (@RVsmtown) September 13, 2022
Although interactions between idol groups of different companies are rare, TWICE’s Jeongyeon had always shown a connection to Red Velvet’s Seulgi, like when she visited her show Seulgi.zip to promote TWICE’s song “Scientist” with her fellow member Jihyo.
Ever since the TWICE members opened personal Instagram accounts, fans have been on the lookout for their social media interactions with people outside of their group. This is a great sign that TWICE can more openly support their friends in the K-Pop industry!
Watch the full album trailer for Seulgi’s first solo extended play below!