Tao Talks About Leaving EXO, Beef with Kris, SM Lawsuit, and More During Interview
David Song, Nov. 11, 2015, 11:18 a.m.
The former EXO member Tao (currently performing under the name Z.Tao), recently had an interview with HunanTV’s program “People In News”, where he talked about leaving EXO, his criticisms against Kris, and more. The interview is now also in the eyes of the Korean media, due to the fact that it involves one of K-pop’s biggest names.
On the subject of leaving EXO Tao explained, "On the first day of my leg injury, I got a call from my father. He wanted me to return to China as soon as possible. At the time, I refused to go back, and I even fought with my father over it."
Tao was then asked where, how, and why it had exactly happened, to which Tao became vague and simply said, "I can't answer that. I will say it once I win the lawsuit [against SM]," then added, "I'm actually anticipating [the results]. I think I will win."
In regards to his past verbal attack towards Kris on social media, Tao answered, "I'm an honest person. If I'm down, I'm down, and if I'm happy, I'm happy. I don't think I have to hide anything. I wish to be myself. If I have something to say, I say it. It's because it's my life. I try to enjoy it and spend my days happily. All I have to do is realize my goals."
"After my return to China, I had a hard time coping from all the negative articles. But as someone who has more than other people, it's only right that I endure through it. I feel as if tens of thousands of arrows are piercing my heart. I have quickly become stronger so that nothing will pierce my heart."
Tao was asked to comment on Kris and Luhan’s departure from EXO to which he simply answered, "I can't judge what others do. They probably had their own reasons that can't all be exposed. I feel extremely frustrated because I can't say anything right now. But I will definitely reveal it later. I'm remaining silent until the time is right."
Finally, Tao said that the kind of artist he would like to be seen as was simply a guy who made good music. He commented, "I want people to say that Tao's music is really cool. Wherever it is, whether it's Japan, Singapore, Thailand, or America, I want them to listen to Chinese music."