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(Yonhap Interview) Jessica: my time with Girls' Generation precious

2017/08/09 16:52

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By Shim Sun-ah and Lee Eun-jung

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- Jessica said she couldn't believe it's been 10 years since her debut as a Girls' Generation member.

"Time has passed too fast, so I cannot believe this. I feel proud of myself," the former member of the K-pop girl group said during a recent interview with Yonhap News Agency at the office of Coridel Entertainment, her management agency, in southern Seoul. She was only 18 when the K-pop girl group made their debut in 2007 and is now 28 years old.

The band put out an album on Saturday to celebrate the day when they debuted 10 years ago, and Jessica also released a commemorative album "My Decade" on Wednesday.

This photo released by Coridel Entertainment shows Jessica, a former member of Girls' Generation. (Yonhap) This photo released by Coridel Entertainment shows Jessica, a former member of Girls' Generation. (Yonhap)

"I remember the moments when I debuted the most, and I also remember when I first started singing alone feeling like I was going to debut again," said the singer whose Korean name is Jeong Soo-yeon. "I think people cannot forget everything they did for the first time (in their life)."

   She bolted from the group in 2014 and set sail as a solo artist the following year with the expiration of her contract with S.M. Entertainment.

Asked to tell what Girls' Generation means to her, Jessica said her relationship with the group is precious because they spent their early years together.

"They were unforgettable and beautiful times for me and I had so many hard but good times together (with them)," she said. "I learned that I need to control what I want to say and behave as well as have patience while working in the entertainment scene. I think people grow naturally as they get older."

  

This photo released by Coridel Entertainment shows Jessica, a former member of Girls' Generation. (Yonhap) This photo released by Coridel Entertainment shows Jessica, a former member of Girls' Generation. (Yonhap)

In May last year, she dropped her first solo album "With Love, J." She has since worked stably as a solo artist, dispelling worries in the industry.

She looked more comfortable than before when she was nicknamed an "icy beauty" for her smileless look and pretty but haughty image. She also switched from glamorous to natural make-up.

"I've since tried to show what makes me look really like me rather than my painted image.... I wanted to approach a natural and comfortable look instead of wearing long (fake) eyelashes and blush. I don't want to totally abandon my existing image but would like to keep frankly disclosing a bit more of myself in the future."

   The singer wrote, composed and took part in the mixing and mastering of five of the six tracks in the new EP album "My Decade." And without help from any featured singers, she filled up the album entirely with her own voice.

This photo released by Coridel Entertainment shows Jessica, a former member of Girls' Generation. (Yonhap) This photo released by Coridel Entertainment shows Jessica, a former member of Girls' Generation. (Yonhap)

Unlike her usually upbeat songs, the title track "Summer Storm," written by Jessica, is a mid-tempo song that tells of the pain of breakup.

"I wrote the song imagining that I broke up (with my boyfriend)," she said. "I have become softhearted these days, so whatever movie I see I always cry."

   In "Starry Night," she expressed her gratitude to fans who have always supported her.

"I wrote most of the song's lyrics inside a plane, and almost cried as I wrote it down. My mom cried upon hearing the song," she said. "My fans recently ran an ad on an electronic display in Times Square to celebrate the release of my new album and the 10th anniversary. It was a surprise present for me."

   With two years left before she turns thirty, Jessica says she increasingly feels a greater sense of responsibility as a senior idol singer.

"I feel responsibility because they watch how their seniors work," she said, referring to younger singers. "That's why I think my 30s are more important... I like my 30s, when I can become more seasoned."

This photo released by Coridel Entertainment shows Jessica, a former member of Girls' Generation. (Yonhap) This photo released by Coridel Entertainment shows Jessica, a former member of Girls' Generation. (Yonhap)

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