So I couldn’t find any subbed versions of this, but I felt that this is important. Heechul, who is known to be absolutely fearless of his own company, has basically become the first non-EXO SM member to speak about the events that have taken place over the past week.
For non-Korean speakers (summary):
Heechul says: Kris’ situation is very different from Hangeng’s because Hangeng had difficulties in SM/Korea as the very first non-Korean idol and only Chinese member. He was only allowed on two programs, and he had a hard time adjusting to Korean celebrity life. He was also most likely lonely as the only Chinese member in SJ (this is said by someone else). SM learned from this mistake, and this is why they had 4 Chinese members instead of one.
More importantly, Kris’ biggest problem is that he broke the trust his fans had him in and disappointed them. He left with only a week until the concert, completely ruining the pre-recordings, choreographies, and other plans for the concert that have been prepared for months. Everything is in complete chaos right now. In my opinion, this is somewhat disrespectful to his fans. However, I think that we might have been able to predict this somewhat as before as there were many previous incidents, such as Kris suddenly disappearing from stage or not showing up to schedules.
(The other Ssul Jeon members then talk about how it is true that Hangeng is making a lot of money after he left SJ, and that this precedent may have lured Kris, especially as many Chinese investors most likely promised him huge amounts of money if he left SM). Heechul then says that there are so many rumors that SM forced members to post negatively about Kris on SNS, but the others say that it makes sense that the members feel betrayed that someone they worked hard with suddenly left, and Heechul agrees.
Heechul’s conclusion is “The people who are probably most upset are the fans and the other members.”
Side note: Heechul speaks very carefully on this matter, saying a lot of Korean equivalents of “This is just my opinion but…” and “It might have been…” and etc. He’s trying to be polite and respectful, don’t hate on him.