Sun-hwa’s Transformation Into an Actress
Previously, Sun-hwa reportedly would not renew her contract with TS Entertainment after her exclusive contract expired in October 2016. Fans and netizens also questioned the fate of the girl group SECRET later if Sun-hwa did choose to leave.
Shortly thereafter, TS Entertainment immediately gave an official statement related to rumors of Sun-hwa’s decision. They emphasized that Sun-hwa had not made a final decision, so the media were not allowed to make rumors. TS Entertainment representatives also have not explained the fate of SECRET in the future.
“All SECRET members’ contracts will indeed expire in October,” the agency representative said. On August 15th, 2016, they made an official statement, “There is no final decision for now. So we will discuss it in more detail. (For SECRET), it is too soon to say anything for now.”
On September 26th, 2016, Han Sun-hwa decided to leave SECRET after being with the K-Pop girl group for seven years. The 24-year-old woman chose to leave her career in the field of singing to focus on acting.
This was reported by the Yonhap News Agency. The contract with TS Entertainment expired on October 13th, 2016, and Han Sun-hwa had not yet decided on the next move. After Han Sun-hwa left, TS Entertainment continued SECRET activities as a trio. The personnel includes Jun Hyo-seong, Jung Ha-na, and Song Ji-eun. The agency stated that they had no intention of adding new personnel.
Following the announcement of TS Entertainment, Sun-hwa then wrote a farewell message to fans. In the message written on Instagram, the owner’s full name Han Sun-hwa is grateful to fans who have supported her for seven years with SECRET.
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항상 감사한 시크릿타임 팬 여러분들과 응원해주고 격려해주신 많은분들께.. 안녕하세요 한선화입니다 여느 때와 다른, 조심스런 마음으로 여러분들께 인사드립니다. 먼저 7년이란 시간동안 시크릿의 한 멤버로서 말로 다 표현할 수 없는 큰 사랑과 관심을 받으며 여러분들과 함께 울고 웃을 수 있어 많이 행복하고 감사했습니다. 지난날들을 다시 돌아보면 아무것도 모를 때에 혼자서는 할 수 없었던 대단한 일들을 함께 해내며 생각지도 못할 만큼의 사랑과 관심을 받았던 것 같아요. 어려운 선택을 한 만큼 아쉽기도 하고 서운하기도하지만.. 그동안의 추억을 소중하게 간직하고 지금까지 쏟아온 열정을 이젠 앞으로의 날들을 위해 쏟아보려고 합니다 새로운 시작을 앞두고 부족함과 미숙함도 많이 보이겠지만 언제 어디서든 여러분들 응원에 보답하며 묵묵히 열심히 하는 한사람이 되겠습니다. 그동안 함께 해주신 ts가족분들 멤버들 팬여러분 진심으로 감사합니다.
To all SECRET fans, who have supported me and energized me, hello there, this is Han Sun-hwa. I greet everyone with a different heart and be more careful than before. First, I want to thank all of you for the incredible love and interest I have had in SECRET for seven years. I am very happy and grateful we can cry and laugh together.
– Han Sun-hwa
Sun-hwa promised she would continue to work hard in the future to pay for the support of fans, agencies, and members all their time. Even though the decision she made was not easy and felt heavy, but Sun-hwa believes this is the right decision.
Han Sun-hwa previously said she would focus on her career as an actress. So Han Sun-hwa looked for an agency that she said would be able to continue her career as an actress. On October 14th, 2016, it was reported that she had joined the Huayi Brothers agency which has several celebrities such as Joo Won, Kim Yoon-seok, and Yoo Hae-jin.
Up until now, Han Sun-hwa has starred in several K-Dramas such as School 2017, 20th Century Boy and Girl, My Contracted Husband, Mr. Oh, The Great Seducer, Drama Stage: Goodbye My Life Insurance and the last drama starring in 2019 is Save Me 2 which airs on OCN.
On February 22nd, 2019, the Ilgan Sports news outlet reported that Han Sun-hwa was confirmed to star in the second season of the OCN drama Save Me. According to the report, the actress would take on the role of a mistress named Go Eun-ah, who was also Min-chul’s first love. In response, Huayi Brothers Korea revealed, “Han Sun-hwa is positively reviewing offers for the second season of Save Me.”
Hyo-seong and Her Own Agency
After Song Ji-eun and Ha Sun-hwa, this time it was Hyosung who took legal action to sue her old agency, TS Entertainment. Hyosung who also got the chance to be a solo artist outside the promotion as a SECRET member finally broke her contract and chose to leave the girl group.
Hyosung was involved in a legal case with her former agency, TS Entertainment. The former personnel and leader of the group girl Secret decided to contract unilaterally because TS Entertainment did not pay her so she joined a new agency.
On November 14th, 2018, the Seoul West District Court finally decided on the final results of the TS Entertainment and Hyosung trial. The judge confirmed the invalidity of the exclusive contract between TS Entertainment and Hyosung.
“We confirm that the exclusive contract between Jeon Hyosung and TS Entertainment Entertainment is invalid,” the court said. “The defendant (TS Entertainment) must pay the plaintiff (Hyosung) 130 million won in the remaining payment and unpaid wages.”
This court’s decision was in accordance with the contents of Hyosung’s lawsuit requesting that her contract with TS Entertainment be terminated and her income paid. In addition to paying Hyosung, TS Entertainment is also required to pay 95% of court costs while Hyosung pays 5%.
Now with a court ruling in her favor, Hyosung can concentrate on working with her new agency, Tommy & Partners Entertainment. The 1989-born singer celebrated her victory through a post on Instagram where she wrote, “Thank you, God.”
On December 13th, 2018, Tommy & Partners Entertainment uploaded a profile photo of Hyosung’s agency. The former Secret member had indeed joined the agency since October 2018.
In the photo, Hyosung is seen posing in several fashion alloys. One photo shows the Madonna singer who appeared with natural make-up and a plain black shirt. In another photo, she looks beautiful with peachy make-up.
Hyosung’s new appearance apparently received a negative response from netizens. Many people think that she has done surgery on the folds of the eyes and lips. However, not a few also praised her beauty.
“I think she did double eyelid surgery, she lost a lot of weight, like T-ara’s Eunjung here,” one netter wrote. “She became too confident with the lines on her double eyelids,” said another.
“I hope she didn’t get her eyes done, I liked the previous face just fine,” added a netter. “Wow, super beautiful,” said another netter.
In November 2019, a source reported that the Hyosung and Tommy & Partners Entertainment contracts had recently ended. But do not want to dissolve too long in the middle of a dispute. Hyosung is confirmed to be making a solo comeback soon with a new single.
Unmitigated, with the recent contract ending, a guest speaker from Hyosung revealed to the media that the beautiful singer has now established an independent label called JHS Entertainment. Under the auspices of the agency, she will carry out all her future activities.
“The contract between Jun Hyosung and her previous agency Tommy & Partners Entertainment ended recently. She has created her own independent label, JHS Entertainment, in November, and will continue her activities with the agency,” the agency representative said.
The announcement of Hyosung’s solo single was later announced through her official Instagram account. On November 13th, 2019, Hyosung announced that she would be releasing a song titled “Starlight” which will be scheduled for release on November 21st, 2019, at 18:00 local time.
It was further reported that the song will be dedicated to Hyosung fans named Superstar. In the upload on Hyosung’s Instagram, there are some behind the scenes and teasers related to her comeback as a solo artist this year.
In addition, Hyosung also worked as an artist and starred in several dramas such as Introvert Boss and Wanted. Hyosung also appeared in the webtoon series whose episodes can be watched on YouTube.
Ha-na’s Dream To Forever Be a Singer
Beside the members who filed a lawsuit against TS Entertainment, only one remaining member of SECRET is less active in her career in the entertainment world today. Initially, TS Entertainment concluded that Ha-na would be a solo singer in the future. But until now the SECRET member who was once famous with her stage name Zinger has never released a new song.
Of course, Ha-na is really waiting for the agency’s plan to give her a chance and come back as a singer. Fans who currently miss Ha-na often visit her social media accounts on Instagram and YouTube.
In one of the videos uploaded by Ha-na, she starts the video by searching for her profile, Jung Ha-na, through the NamuWiki site. He also explained several things related to her data and some of her memories during the promotion with SECRET and Ha-na ended the video by revising her search on NamuWiki.
In addition to the QnA session, Jung Ha-na also did several videos as a YouTuber in general. Ha-na has done a make-up tutorial video, daily vlog, and various other content.
SECRET’s Disbandment and the Lawsuit Against TS Entertainment
Although in the end, the members quit SECRET one by one and sued TS Entertainment, the fans still expected them to reunite and reunite with four members.
It is well known by the public that TS Entertainment is one of the agencies that often have problems with the artists. Not only SECRET, idol groups like B.A.P, Sleepy, Sonamoo, and TRCNG also reportedly often get bad treatment from the agency.
Even so, Hyosung as a SECRET member also won the case for TS Entertainment’s actions that violated the terms of the contract agreement with the artist. Let’s pray that the artists who submit a lawsuit against TS Entertainment can be launched and those who are still promoting under the agency get the best treatment.