[Interview] Shinhwa’s Eric Shares Thoughts on Current State of Idol Groups
Singer and actor Eric shared his thoughts on the current state of idol groups as a member of Shinhwa, which has promoted for 16 years.
Eric met with enews on October 16 in Sinsa-dong, Seoul and was asked what he thinks of the recent conflicts among idol groups.
Eric started, “First of all, I’m thankful for the members,” and said, “I think Shinhwa is lucky. We didn’t come this far because we’re superior and I think I should feel grateful for the people around us.”
Jessica has recently been removed from Girls’ Generation (SNSD)’s group activities while EXO’s Chinese member Lu Han is currently carrying out a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to terminate his contract. In May, another Chinese member Kris left the group. MBLAQ’s Lee Joon and Cheon Dung have also been rumored to leave their group.
Eric said, “Shinhwa also experienced what the idols groups are experiencing now. We experienced hate and conflicts too. But the decision made at the critical moment makes all the difference. I think the problem is where you place your priorities.”
Eric added, “The members dealt well with those situations, which is why we were able to come this far. There’s nothing extraordinarily special about us.”
Eric debuted as a member of Shinhwa in 1998. Shinhwa, which is made up of Eric, Lee Min Woo, Jun Jin, Shin Hye Sung, Andy and Kim Dong Wan, promoted under SM Entertainment until their contract ended and are currently promoting under separate agencies. The group released its 11th album last year and will be carrying on their activities by preparing for 12th album later this year.
Meanwhile, Eric recently acted as ‘Kang Tae Ha’ in KBS2’s drama Discovery of Romance. He received a lot of love for acting out a character that represents young people who struggle in dealing with love. Leaving behind criticism on his acting ability, Eric showed himself taking another step forward as an actor.
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