'The problem with K-pop is … ' BTS announce hiatus

K-pop group BTS left their fans with a heavy heart after they announced that they will take some time off as a group to focus on solo projects.

The seven-member group on Tuesday sat down for a dinner ‘festa’ after releasing a three-disc anthology album ‘Proof’ last week to celebrate the nine year anniversary of their debut release

The members — Jin, Suga, RM, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook — announced that they were going into a hiatus to pursue their individual artistic goals and mature.

However, Hybe, the South Korean entertainment company behind BTS, released a statement hours after the group’s announcement and said the band will still be working on projects as a group, as well as individually. “BTS are not taking a hiatus. Members will be focusing more on solo projects at this time,” the statement said.

In a one-hour-long video, which was uploaded on the band’s official YouTube account, the band members opened up about the struggle to develop and mature as individual artists within the K-pop genre.

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“The problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that it doesn’t give you time to mature,” said RM.

The 27-year-old further said that after the Grammy-nominated BTS’ last few singles, he “didn’t know what kind of group they were anymore.” The group further said that they were exhausted.

“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,” RM said, adding that “Right now when we’re at our best I feel like I should be contributing something to the world, but I don’t know what that is.”

Singer Jimin, 26, said that BTS members were “slowly trying to figure things out now”. “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,” he said, adding that the group was “starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be remembered by our fans.”

Visibly teary-eyed, rapper J-Hope said that “change is what we need right now” but offered hope for the group’s return by adding “it’s important for BTS to start our second chapter.” J-Hope is slated to headline Chicago’s Lollapalooza on his own later this summer.

By the end of the dinner, several of the members of the group grew tearful as they voiced gratitude for ARMY, their fans known online.

The group has spoken about going on short breaks earlier as well, first in 2019 and then in December 2021. Apparently, BTS was preparing to go on a big world tour, however, the plans were cancelled as the Covid-19 pandemic struck the world. India was part of the list including countries BTS was set to perform in.

The news of hiatus from BTS comes just days after the group released their new album ‘Proof’, which includes their new singles ‘Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)’, ‘Run BTS’ and ‘For Youth’.

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Harry Byrne

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