SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA.- The Korean pop group BTS announced a career hiatus on Tuesday so that its members can focus on their solo activities.
The seven members of the group k popwhich generates billions of dollars for the South Korean economy, they announced during their annual dinner called FESTA, broadcast via streaming.
“Now we’re going into a hiatus,” Suga, 29, said in the video posted on the group’s official YouTube channel.
The group members spoke to each other in Korean, and the video included English subtitles.
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RM, one of the members, 27, 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, before stating that he needs “some time to alone”.
We are all “starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be to be remembered by our fans,” said Jimin, 26.
“I think that is why we are going through a rough patch now, we are trying to find our identity and that is an exhausting and long process,” he added.
At the end of the dinner, several of the members of the group, known for hits like “Dynamite” or “Butter”, began to cry as they thanked their followers, known as ARMY.
The group “should spend some time apart to learn to be one again,” said J-Hope, 28.
“I hope you don’t see that this is something negative,” the artist implored his fans.
The news shocked fans, who wonder if this means the end of this pop giant, although according to the video this is not the case.
“It’s not like we’re breaking up, we’re just living apart for a while,” Suga said.
“We promise that we will come back one day even more mature than we are now,” said Jungkook, 24, who asked for the “blessing” of the fans.
The news comes just days after the group released “Proof,” an anthology album that included a new single, “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment).”
BTS’ record company did not respond to AFP’s questions.
BTS’s record label continued to increase its profits during the pandemic despite fewer concerts.
The septet is the first South Korean group to break the Billboard singles chart in the United States, a milestone they achieved with “Dynamite,” BTS’s first song sung entirely in English.
They are also one of the few groups since the Beatles to have released four US number one albums in less than two years.
The group has twice been nominated for a Grammy, but has yet to win.
Recently, BTS made headlines for their visit to the White House to deliver a message to President Joe Biden about fighting anti-Asian racism.
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