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.

Liyin explained that her first single post-SM Entertainment is currently being planned. She will return to Beijing with her golden retriever dog, Beyoncé – now weighing between 40kg to 45kg! – and she will stay in Beijing as she develops her career in China.

She seemed very relaxed throughout the video, and said she felt very fortunate that she was able to celebrate her birthday with family members. It was the first time in many years for her to be with family on her birthday. Liyin brought out a chocolate cake that a fan gave her for her birthday. She even ate it on camera!

With all the cover songs she has released in the past couple of months, Liyin spent a few minutes talking about the Goblin drama soundtrack. Her favourite song from the soundtrack is “Beautiful”, originally sung by Crush. Liyin explained that she has a small studio at home, where she spends time recording new songs.

Liyin’s mother showed up off-screen during the live stream as well, but did not make an actual appearance. Fans asked after Liyin’s grandmother as well, to which Liyin replied and said she is currently downstairs watching television.

At the end of the live stream, Liyin cheerfully sang “Happy Birthday” to all her fans, wishing them all a happy birthday – even if it wasn’t their birthday just yet! Her acapella version of “Happy Birthday” was very pretty!

After Chocolyn announced the good news on Twitter, a lot of fans retweeted our initial tweet with their own reactions to the news. We have embedded some fan reactions below. Check it out!


Wendy has been a fan of Zhang Liyin since 2007, when she was introduced to "Timeless" by a friend. Since then, she has led and organized activities for Zhang Liyin fans all over the world. Aside from Zhang Liyin, she is also an avid fan of Rachel McAdams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Real Madrid, and Toronto FC.


  1. OMG! I just read this! Yay! Finally! This calls for a celebration! *throws confetti*

  2. day_dreamer Reply

    ? It’s less than a month to April now I’m so happy. Can Liyin take a video of her coming out of SM Building on the day her contract ends (with her saying “good riddance” would be a sweet bonus ?). We need the historical moment of her flying away freely from SM documented. Haha.

    Yay for setting yourself free, Liyin! Let yourself fly!

  3. What was song that she covered around 9:00? It sounds so good!

    • day_dreamer Reply

      I viewed the video on my phone so I cannot somehow view the timeline of her video. But the song she sang after Timeless is ‘Wish’ by Urban Zakapa. It’s Goblin’s OST 😀

      • Yes! That was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

  4. Can’t believe we’re going to see what she’s going to be up to in less than a month! I hope she already has a company she is ready to sign with and that new songs will be released at the end of the year. I’m not sure if things would work out THAT quickly, but here’s to hoping!

  5. YASSSSSSSSSSS!!! Wendy can I post this on another forum? thank you

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