The world’s globally popular K-Pop band, BTS announced to take a break to focus on solo careers after nine years of successful collaboration.
The news was revealed during their annual ‘BTS Festa,’which is the commemoration of BTS celebrating yearly anniversaries of the group’s formation on June 13. Their hour-long conversation has been uploaded to their official YouTube channel.
The hashtag ‘Dear BTS’ quickly became trending on Twitter with many ARMYs, the group’s fandom’s name, writing on the platform, “Dear BTS, ARMYs will be waiting for the 7 of you, thank you for the 9 years filled with joy and laughter. We’ll be waiting at the magic shop for ya’all!” and “Dear BTS, Thank u for staying with us and running for us. Please take this time to enjoy yourselves and we’ll always be here for you. Please do not worry about us, as the ARMY you know are strong. BTS hiatus is true and BTS is forever.”
“It’s not like we’re disbanding,” Suga, a rapper in the group said in the video released on Weverse, a mobile app and web platform created by the music production company Hybe Corporation and YouTube.
While the reasons behind this decision weren’t immediately clear, the band’s leader, RM, said, “I’ve 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… I’ve changed as a human over the past 10 years, so I needed to think and have some alone time. Right now when we’re at our best, I feel like we should be contributing something to the world, but I don’t know what that is.”