Lay announces he is leaving SM Entertainment on 10th anniversary celebration of EXO

Published April 8, 2022, 11:57 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

K-pop boy band EXO are celebrating their 10th anniversary today, April 8, and member Lay made a surprise announcement.

Lay took to Instagram to announce that he is leaving SM Entertainment, the group’s agency, and thanked EXO members for their company.

Lay Zhang (Instagram)

“Ten years of growth, thank you all. Thank you to my EXO brothers for your company and encouragement,” Lay said in the letter.

He added, “Thanks to my colleagues at SM for witnessing every step of my growth and achievement. Thank you to all of my fans for your unconditional love and support.”

“It’s time to say goodbye as an employee of SM. It’s also my new beginning as a 30-year-old,” he added.

Lay said, “But I will always be the Lay when my members need me. I’m your family member in China, Zhang Yixing. Love you forever EXO.” He has been focusing on his solo activities in China in recent years.

“This decade is one of the greatest gifts I could’ve ever received,” he said.

EXO debuted on April 8, 2012 with the song “Mama.”

Lay’s letter announcing that he is leaving SM Entertainment (Instagram)