The rumours are true! Zhang Liyin took time on her birthday to host a live video streaming event with fans, during which she confirmed that her contract with SM Entertainment will end this April 2017.

It’s been a long ten years for Zhang Liyin and her fans. During the live chat, she thanked fans who have supported her throughout the years, particularly fans who have been by her side since she first debuted with “Timeless”. As a gift, perhaps, she sang a short clip of “Timeless” in Korean for fans chatting on the live stream.

An article unexpectedly showed up on NetEase today, speaking about Zhang Liyin’s current situation in China. It quotes a Weibo post from Liyin’s good friend as well as several comments from Chinese netizens.

I hope Zhang Liyin can return home to develop her career – that wish can only be understood literally. Any meaning extending to “company froze her” sort of speculation, I cannot afford the public responsibility (repercussions).

We have an exclusive Zhang Liyin interview to share with everyone today! M.E. Malaysia had the opportunity to interview Zhang Liyin in person late last year, and they were kind to think of us international Zhang Liyin fans in preparation for their interview.

M.E. Malaysia asked Chocolyn if our fans had any questions we would like to ask Liyin, and obliged with a list of 10 unique fan questions. Some of them were answered during the interview!

Read the full interview below the cut. Thank you to M.E. Malaysia for this opportunity!

Zhang Liyin made her return to Hunan TV’s New Year’s Eve concert today! Liyin last appeared on the show back in 2008 with Super Junior-M.

Unfortunately, this time around, she was one of the final performers, performing after the countdown occurred. It is likely Liyin didn’t get much TV viewership because audience members would have turned off the channel already. But we are glad that she was still able to make an appearance.