AceShowbiz - BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, are going their separate ways on a "temporary hiatus." Breaking down in tears as they revealed plans to pursue solo careers and "grow," the K-Pop sensations pledged to return "someday."
Septet comprising of 29-year-old Jin, 29-year-old Suga, 28-year-old J-Hope, 27-year-old RM, 26-year-old V, 26-year-old Jimin and 24-year-old Jungkook broke the news to their armies of fans during their annual FESTA dinner which celebrated the hugely popular band's nine years together.
Saying it was time for them to work on their own, RM added, "I always thought that BTS was different from other groups, but 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."
J-Hope chimed in, "I think we should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again. I hope you don't see this as a negative thing, and see it as a healthy plan. I think BTS will become stronger that way," whereas SUGA assured, "It's not like we're disbanding!"
Jimin further stated, "We can't help but think of our fans no matter what, we want to be the kind of artists that are remembered by our fans. I think now we're starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be remembered by our fans." He added, "I think that's why we're going through a rough patch right now, we're trying to find our identity and that's an exhausting and long process."
V insisted they were not splitting and vowed the band's "synergy will be like no other" when they regroup. In the meantime, Jung Kook released a solo single on Sunday, June 12 called "My You", and J-Hope has been announced as a headliner of Chicago's Lollapalooza festival in July.
Formed in 2010, South Korean boyband BTS also took a break in December 2021. At the time, the group said they needed some down time to recharge. They also took a mini break in 2019.