I am actually really fucking angry with the comments on Tao’s IG.
First off there are so many people comparing his situation to Yifan’s (Kris’s) even though their circumstances are nothing alike. Tao said that he felt betrayed by Yifan leaving because he’d already done it once, come back and promised he wouldn’t leave again, only to leave a couple of months later without saying a word to anyone. Tao left on medical grounds, and even though SM said they were still negotiating their way around the situation, I think its safe to presume that Tao isn’t coming back to EXO and the negotiations fell short on finding a solution in which he would return. It was obvious that Tao was very close to Yifan, and so only natural that he felt betrayed when he left without a word - now I’m not saying that Yifan was entirely in the wrong, in fact I fully support both him and Lu Han in all that they do, but there could have been better ways to leave than how he did.
Second of all, the amount of emotionally manipulative comments is astounding. There are so many “I believe you won’t leave because you wouldn’t want to hurt us, right oppa?” Comments that it actually makes me feel sick. We all know how much Tao loved being in EXO, and that he argued with his dad to be able to stay in the band (something which is highly frowned upon in East Asia because family is such a big part of their culture), so imagine how hard it is for him to leave. Tao isn’t stupid, he knows people are going to feel hurt and betrayed by his actions because he most likely feels like he’s hurting and betraying what he wants to do with his life, but he has to put his well being ahead of what he wants to do and ahead of what his fans want him to do. It actually kind of amazes me how many of his fans aren’t willing to support him if he’s not in EXO even though staying would cause further injury to his leg ligaments and could lead to permanent damage making him unable to dance.
Finally I want to talk about the hate in the comments. There are so many “I hate you”’s it actually makes my heart bleed. If you’re going to leave a hate comment (Which you shouldn’t do because we don’t know what Tao’s going through right now) at least make it constructive or give a reason for it. I can understand why people are angry and upset, heck even I’m upset that he’s leaving, but at least state why you’re upset so that he can actually understand why he’s getting hate.
Tao has been through a lot over the years, but its so painfully obvious how much he loves being in EXO and how much he loves and appreciates his fans. If Tao really has left (Which hasn’t been confirmed but is most likely the case now), then its not because it was the easy way out or because he wanted to leave, but because it was simply the only way out. Because his physical body can’t handle the stress of being an idol, because one wrong move and he can’t dance anymore, because he’s a grown man who made a decision based on his long term future and not is immediate one.
I just want to say as a last thing, that Huang Ziao, no matter what I will always support you, just like I support Wu Yifan and just like I support Lu Han. Stay or leave, I trust that you can make the best decision for you, and as long as you are happy and healthy than I will always support that.
我爱你 Huang Zitao