BTS band members, including RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, announced they would take a break in a video posted on social media on June 14.
“Each of us will take some time to have fun and experience a lot of things,” Jungkook said. “We promise that one day we will return, even more mature than we are now.”
While the K-pop stars did not say how long the break would last, they expressed a desire to explore solo projects. “I always thought 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,” RM said, according to NME’s translation. “You have to keep producing music and keep doing something.”
Still, the decision was not an easy one. “We can’t stop thinking about our fans no matter what; we want to be the kind of artists our fans remember.
I think now we’re starting to think about what kind of artists we want to be remembered by our fans,” Jimin added. “I think that’s why we’re going through a rough patch right now, we’re trying to find our identity, and that’s a long and exhausting process.”
BTS began forming in 2010 after Big Hit Entertainment founder Bang Si-hyuk recruited RM, followed by Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, and the band officially debuted in 2013.
Since then, the artists have experienced unparalleled success, including two Grammy nominations and six No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and an ARMY of fans. And no matter what the future holds for musicians, they will always have a love of their fans.
“I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about not being part of this group,” Jimin told Rolling Stone last year. “I can’t imagine what I would do on my own.
I want to think that in the end, when I’m too old to dance, I’d like to sit on stage with the other members and sing and engage with the other fans. I think that would be great too. So I would like to continue with this as much as possible.”