BTS is taking some time off to figure out their next steps.
During the South Korean band's annual FESTA dinner to celebrate their 2013 debut, members RM, Jungkook, J-Hope, Jin, V, Jimin, and Suga tearfully informed fans they're taking a break from BTS to pursue solo projects and decide their next direction as a group.
"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," said RM, 27, during the event. "You have to keep producing music and keep doing something."
Holy shit. I think it's safe to say that BTS is the most popular group on the planet right now, possibly ever. News of them moving into new territory to "find their voices" and branch out on their own? As much as they want to pretend this isn't the beginning of the end, we all know what happens when band members go out on their own.
Jimin, 26, spoke about the group's ultra dedicated fanbase of ARMYs and how BTS wants to shape their legacy with supporters in mind. "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," he explained.
"I think now we're starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be remembered by our fans," added Jimin.
V, 26, insisted the group's hiatus isn't a breakup and said, "Later when we gather again as a group that synergy will be like no other."
Echoing his comments, J-Hope, 28, assured fans the hiatus will be positive for the group members. "I think we should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again," he said during the live streamed event.
"I hope you don't see this as a negative thing, and see it as a healthy plan," continued J-Hope. "I think BTS will become stronger that way."
I just can't imagine they get back together to make new music. Sure, they'll do reunion tours and they want to make it very clear that this "isn't a breakup," but we've all been there.
Only those of the strongest minds and hearts can come back from a "break." Maybe you've been on the rocks for a little while, needing some time apart to truly appreciate one another again. Does this always work? Do people often get back together after "taking some time apart?" For the most part, it's a resounding no. Especially if too much time passes, you start to get used to life on your own. Why go back to the well, where things aren't all sunshine and rainbows anymore? Sure, growth can produce something bigger and stronger than ever before…but can BTS do this? For the sake of the fans, I hope so. The sounds of sobs echoing around the globe are hard to ignore. Generally speaking, the fans seem supportive:
I'll be very interested to see who shines the brightest on their own. Seven group members is a LOT, but it sounds like they're all pretty focused on putting out their own music. Who will be the next Harry Styles? For the record, I bet its Jimin.