AceShowbiz - The management team of BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, have clarified the group are not going on hiatus. After it was reported that the K-Pop sensations, which included Jin, Suga, V, RM, Jimin, Jungkook and J-Hope, were going their separate ways and would reunite "someday", their representatives insisted the septet's remarks were mistranslated.
"The group will remain active as a team while taking individual journey to further achieve personal growth," a release from their agency HYBE stressed. "[They] will allow themselves to express their individuality through the release of solo albums and collaborations with other artists."
HYBE's parent company BIGHIT MUSIC added, "BTS now starts a new chapter with new solo projects as well as group projects. Members will take this time to achieve personal growth through various new activities, and we expect it to further strengthen the foundation for the group's long-run as a team. BIGHIT MUSIC will actively support the artists."
BTS had broken the news during their annual FESTA dinner in mid-June and explained it was time to work on their own. RM was quoted as saying, "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 added, "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." Suga exclaimed, "It's not like we're disbanding!"
Jimin said, "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."
"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," Jimin added, while V insisted they were not splitting and vowed the band's "synergy will be like no other" when they regroup.
Jung Kook released a solo single on Sunday, June 12 called "My You." Meanwhile, J-Hope has been announced as a headliner of Chicago's Lollapalooza festival in July.