The beloved boy band from Korea, BTS, has shocked the fans worldwide by announcing an indefinite hiatus as a group to concentrate on solo projects. However, BTS rapper Suga clarified that they are “not disbanding” and that the group is taking this time apart to come back stronger.
During Tuesday’s FESTA dinner that premiered on YouTube, BTS members said they would focus more on solo projects as they intend to discover themselves as artists.
Suga said, “We’re going on a hiatus now. Should we talk about why we’re not doing the FESTA or making content?”
Meanwhile, BTS leader RM broke into tears and said he felt the “group has changed” after the pandemic.
“I started music and became BTS because I had a message for the world. We’ve lost our direction, and I just want to take some time to think,” RM said.
“We have to accept that we’ve changed. For me, it was like the group BTS was within my grasp until ‘On’ and ‘Dynamite,’ but after ‘Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance,’ I didn’t know what kind of group we were anymore. Whenever I wrote lyrics, it was important for me to give out a message, but that was gone now. I don’t know what kind of story we should tell now,” he added.
Jimin revealed that as a group, BTS is going through a “rough patch.”
“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 said.
“We have to satisfy people’s wants, and so I squeeze it out, and that is so painful. That’s how this job goes. I’ve made music since 2013, and I’ve never purely enjoyed it because I was always squeezing it out. But doing that now feels completely different from what I wanted to say 7-8 years ago. Back then, I had something to say but lacked the skills. Now I don’t have anything to say,” Suga said.
A teary-eyed RM said he wants people to remember him as the “RM of BTS.”
“I’m scared of you being disappointed in us. When I said that I wanted to take a break, it felt like I was doing something bad. The thing I want to see for all of us is that we all be together and perform on stage sincerely. When we gather and talk like this, I want us to be happy without thinking about the rules of the world,” an emotional RM said.
In a note, V wrote that “Purple strings connect ARMY and BTS.”
“We are happy. Although the things that all 7 of us like, and dislike, the personalities, propensities, and tempo are all different. We have the same thought with ARMY, so we had to continue RUN BTS. For the past 10 years, we are always going forward while we are looking upwards. We’re scared, and we’ve got to give up some things for the team, and there’s countless exhaustion and hardships that always came after happiness. To remain as BTS for a long time, it’s time to begin our healthy footsteps, and I’m sure ARMY will love that too. ARMY and BTS are connected by purple strings. Let’s see each other for a long time so that it won’t break off and the color of the string will remain the same. We love ARMY so much,” he wrote.