South Korean supergroup, BTS has announced they are going on a “temporary
hiatus” so its members can pursue solo careers, but they promised to ‘return
They announced the news during their annual FESTA dinner which celebrates the
band’s nine years together as bandmember RM said it was time for them to work on
Several of the members broke down in tears during the Festa video as they talked
taking time off to ‘grow.’
The seven BTS members are Jungkook, 24; Jin, 29; RM, 27; V, 26; Suga, 29; J-Hope, 28;
and Jimin, 26.
‘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,’ RM said at
the event. ‘You have to keep producing music and keep doing something.’
And Jimin added, ‘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.
‘I think now we’re starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be
remembered by our fans.
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.’
V insisted this is not a split adding that they will get back together ‘later when we
gather again as a group that synergy will be like no other.’
J-Hope then said, ‘I think we should spend some time apart to learn how to be one
again. I hope you don’t see this as a negative thing, and see it as a healthy plan. I
think BTS will become stronger that way.’
SUGA then piped up: ‘It’s not like we’re disbanding!’
After the video was shared, V shared a note with Weverse.
‘For the last ten years, we never stopped looking up towards what awaited us…Now,
this is just the beginning, the first footsteps we are taking to ensure that we remain
together as Bangtan for a long time.’
‘He added, ‘The purple string that ties ARMY and Bangtan together is strong, and will
not ever break.’
Individual members already have plenty of going on by themselves: Jung Kook
released a solo single Sunday, called My You.
And J-Hope has been announced as a headliner of Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival in
July. Suga has released solo mixtapes in previous years.
It is their first extended break in their nine-year career.
BTS is a South Korean boy band that was formed in 2010 and debuted in 2013.
They are also known as the Bangtan Boys.
This is not the first time they have taken a break. In December 2021, they said they
needed some down time to recharge. And they also took a mini break in 2019.
n 2021, the group’s management company Big Hit Music said in a statement: ‘We
would like to inform you that BTS is planning to take a second official extended
period of rest since their first in 2019. BTS stayed active in order to engage with fans
in 2020 and 2021 amidst the Covid-19 situation, and achieved dazzling results to
cement themselves as top global artists.’
In 2019 it was also announced the band needed some time.
‘This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have
relentlessly driven themselves towards their goal since their debut, to recharge and
prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators,’ it was shared at the
‘This will also provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people
in their 20s, albeit briefly.’