Interview with Jessica: She keeps in touch with some of the Girls' Generation members


Q. You released your first ever solo album “With Love, J.” Didn't you feel pressured about your solo debut?
Jessica: Yeah, I felt pressured because I've never thought about my solo debut. However, as there were so many fans who supported me after I left Girls' Generation, I decided to prepare for my solo debut. I think the album is a present for my fans.

Q. Everyone wonders why you left Girls' Generation.
Jessica: Well, I think it was the time for me to start the next chapter of my life. There was a conflict of interest, and we had to separate earlier than was expected. I was afraid to make a new start at first. However, after leaving the group and SM Entertainment, I met a new world. For a year and a half, I’ve learned a lot.



Q. Do you still keep in touch with the Girls' Generation members?
Jessica: I keep in touch with some of them.

Q. Do you think there are unfair rumors regarding your withdrawal from Girls' Generation?
Jessica: I don't want to explain. I think misunderstandings will be cleared up in due time. And I don't have any ill feelings toward SM.

Q. What are the good and bad aspects of being active as a solo singer?
Jessica: It has been 9 years since I debuted, but I just realized that there's a lot I don't know. When I was a member of Girls' Generation, I had to care about harmonious ensemble and there was no chance to show my individuality. I feel happy about being able to sing more freely as a solo singer.


Q. Tiffany released her solo album a week ago.
Jessica: Yeah, I listened to the album and watched music video. I think it is cool. Tiffany is a lovely member but she attempted new things through the album. I hope she will do a good job.

Q. It's notable that the title track "Fly" is your own song.
Jessica: I wanted to take care of every single thing of the album because it is my first ever solo album. Through the title track, I tried to deliver hopeful messages to people.

Q. Who helped you the most in your difficult times?
Jessica: Krystal was always with me. Her name is not on the album credits, but she is my girl who helped me more than anyone else.

Q. What did your sister Krystal talk about your solo album?
Jessica: She is very excited now. She gave advice about music video and jacket images. She's 5 years younger than me, but she's like friend to me. She's a mature woman and we depend on each other. People ask me why I left her alone in SM, but she's doing great there.


Q. Your boyfriend Tyler Kwon is the representative of your new agency.
Jessica: Actually, there were offers from other agencies too, and I talked about it with my parents. And I wanted to make a contract with a new agency where I can be active as a solo singer very freely. I felt a bit self-conscious about making a contract with his agency, but he is the one who knows well about me and he is the man whom I can trust.

Q. How did you meet him? And do you have plans for your marriage?
Jessica: I met him at a gathering of close friends and I've been dating him for about 3 years. I have a great envy of my friends' marriage, but I'm not sure when I'll be married. I think I'll be married in due time.

Q. How's your fashion business?
Jessica: The business is better than expected. At first, it was like a hobby for me. But luckily, it is thriving.

Q. Are you planning for your activities in foreign countries too?
Jessica: My first Chinese movie will be released in August and I'm currently filming my second Chinese movie "My other home." The movie is about basketball star Stephon Marbury who came to China from the United States. I play his interpreter and I will act in English.

Q. What is your goal for this year?
Jessica: I want to hold my exclusive concert. And to hold the concert, I think I have to release one more mini album.