After practically a decade collectively, the seven members of BTS want a while aside.
The Korean boy band launched a video on Tuesday discussing the members’ need to take a break from their present association with the intention to discover their particular person music careers; the transfer, they stated, would additionally take some stress off their lives as worldwide pop sensations.
“We’ve talked among ourselves several times and we believe it’s good to take some time apart,” J-Hope, one of many members, stated within the video. “I hope that people don’t think negatively about this step and that they see this is a healthy, important part of our plan that will let BTS grow stronger.”
But messages of assist and heartbreak from the group’s devoted fan base — often called Army — turned tinged with confusion on Tuesday when information organizations reported that the leisure firm related to the Grammy-nominated band had launched a assertion saying that BTS was not, in actual fact, taking a hiatus and that its members have been merely focusing extra on solo initiatives. The assertion stated BTS will “remain active in various different formats.”
The BTS video was launched because the Ok-pop group celebrated the ninth anniversary of its debut. While chatting and reminiscing over a meal, the members — J-Hope, RM, Jin, Suga, Jimin, V and Jungkook — touched on among the challenges they have been going through as artists, together with the stress to maintain churning out hit songs.
“I should be writing about what I’m feeling and the stories I want to tell,” Suga stated, “but I’m just forcefully squeezing out words because I need to satisfy someone.”
RM, who usually speaks for the group in English — together with at a latest White House visit — stated it was difficult for him to stability his personal inventive work with the calls for of performing as a sort of group spokesman.
The singers appeared to agree that a while specializing in their solo careers would strengthen their future collaborations and would finally be within the service of their followers. And future solo performances are already on the books: Earlier this month, Lollapalooza, a music competition in Chicago, announced that J-Hope can be a headliner on the occasion this summer season.
“I want to keep performing,” RM stated, “but I feel like I’ve lost direction.”