BTS will be going on hiatus after nearly a decade as one of the most popular and well-known groups on the planet, with the seven members working on separate projects in the near future.
The trio made the announcement in a pre-recorded program that aired as part of FESTA, an annual event commemorating the group’s debut. Jin, Jimin, RM, J-Hope, Suga, V, and Jungkook gathered in the house where they first lived together as a band to reminisce about their early years before turning to the future, with Suga stating, “We’re going into a hiatus now.” Should we discuss why we aren’t participating in the FESTA or creating content?”
The well-known South Korean band said that they are taking a ‘temporary hiatus’ to pursue separate careers, but that they will return eventually.’
As they discussed taking time off, several of the members broke down in tears.
Jungkook, 24, Jin, 29, RM, 27, V, 26, Suga, 29, J-Hope, 28, and Jimin, 26, are the members.
Following that, RM talked on how much he enjoys being in BTS and what the group has accomplished, while also acknowledging that “the group has obviously changed” in recent years, and he “didn’t know what type of group we were anymore.” “When I create lyrics and songs, it’s incredibly essential to me what sort of tale and message I want to get out,” he continued, “but it felt like that was gone now.” I’m not sure what kind of story I should convey at this point.”
RM even spoke candidly about the issues he sees with K-Pop and “the entire idol culture,” claiming that the constant pressure to create music doesn’t allow singers to “develop… there’s no time left for growth.” “Right now, we’ve lost our course,” he continued later, “and I just want to take some time to ponder.”
The group has been going through a “difficult patch,” according to Jimin, as it strives to “establish our identity, which is an exhausting and protracted process.” “Writing lyrics is the hardest thing,” Suga said, echoing RM. I have to say something that I genuinely feel, but I’m simply squeezing it out right now because we have to meet people’s needs and listeners’ expectations. It’s excruciating, but that’s how this job works.”
BTS announced their break just days after releasing their newest effort, Proof, a “anthology album.” The three-CD set includes music from the band’s entire repertoire, as well as three new tracks and a few unreleased recordings. Along with the release of Proof, the band has been keeping busy since returning from a brief hiatus at the beginning of the year: they’ve performed at the Grammys, a couple of performances across the world, and even paid a visit to the White House lately.
J-Hope gives fans hope that this is not the end of BTS
“We can’t help but think of our fans no matter what,” Jimin said, “we want to be the kind of artists that are remembered by our fans.” I believe we’re now beginning to consider what kind of artists we want to be recognized as by our fans. That, I believe, is why we’re going through a hard patch right now; we’re trying to figure out who we are, and it’s a lengthy and exhausting process.”
J-Hope gave ARMY hope that the group’s demise was not imminent. “I believe that change is exactly what we require right now,” he stated. “It’s critical that BTS begin our second chapter.”
“NOT scripted!” says the disclaimer at the start of the video. This isn’t a set! It’s all BTS ARMY sincerity, by ARMY, for ARMY.” A publicist for the band had not responded to queries for additional information on the break as of press time.
The group took a month off from the spotlight in 2019, which was described as an “opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentlessly driven themselves towards their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators” by a representative at the time.
They also took a “long period of rest” at the end of 2021, which their management business said was to allow them to “re-inspired and replenish with creative energy,” according to a statement. Over the course of the group’s career, all seven members have published solo albums, and during the dinner, they all stated that they are in the process of recording solo projects. When J-Hope plays solo at Lollapalooza next month, he will appear to be the first out of the solo gate.