Korean pop group BTS announces a “hiatus”

Korean pop group BTS announced on Tuesday that it was taking a “pause” indefinitely so that its members can focus on their solo activities.

The seven members of the K-pop group, which generates billions of dollars for the South Korean economy, they announced it during their annual dinner called FESTAstreamed.

RM, one of the components, 27 years old, said that after BTS’s latest Grammy-nominated singles, the group members were “exhausted.”

“The problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don’t give you time to mature. (…) You have to keep producing music and keep doing something,” he explained, stating that he needs “some time alone.”

Jimin, 26, said for his part that we are all “starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be to be remembered by our fans.”

“I think that’s why we’re having a rough patch right now, we are trying to find our identity and that is an exhausting and long process,” he added.

at the end of dinner, several of the members burst into tears as they thanked their fans, those known as ARMY.