Love is so painful. Good-byes are much more painful, and thousands and thousands upon thousands and thousands felt that ache when BTS introduced its hiatus. The group — RM, Jimin, J-Hope, V, Jungkook, Jin, and Suga – advised their devoted followers, the BTS ARMYs, that they have been going their seven separate methods in June 2022. What prompted this cut up? Is the breakup everlasting? What does this imply for V’s lovable pup, Yeontan? Because the Ok-Pop world wipes its eyes and patiently waits for information, right here’s the news on why the group is occurring hiatus after almost a decade collectively.
BTS Broadcasts Hiatus
Tens of millions of hearts broke on Tuesday, June 14, when BTS held its FESTA dinner celebrating its ninth anniversary. The group had simply launched its first anthology album, Proof, which contained its third No. 1 track on Billboard Sizzling Trending Songs (“But To Come”). With Proof anticipated to be BTS’s sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, it appeared that the sky was the restrict for the Bangtan Boys. Besides, throughout the FESTA, they shared that issues weren’t as they appeared.
“I began music and have become BTS as a result of I had a message for the world,” mentioned RM (h/t Us Weekly.) “I didn’t know what I’d do after ‘ON,’ however then COVID-19 got here up, so we did ‘Dynamite,’ ‘Butter,’ ‘Permission to Dance,’ ‘Life Goes On.’ After which I spotted the group has positively modified. We have now to simply accept that we’ve modified.” RM mentioned the busy schedule – 5 albums, three compilations, a soundtrack album, a few EPs, and quite a few excursions over the previous 4 years alone – was taking a toll.
“After ‘Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance,’ I didn’t know what sort of group we have been anymore,” mentioned RM, who defined he was bodily and creatively exhausted. “Every time I write lyrics and songs, it’s actually essential what sort of story and message I need to give out, but it surely was like that was gone now. I don’t know what sort of story I ought to inform now.”
“I all the time thought that BTS was completely different from different teams, however the issue with Ok-pop and the entire idol system is that they don’t provide you with time to mature,” continued RM. “You need to maintain producing music and maintain doing one thing. After I rise up within the morning and get make-up carried out, there’s no time left for work. And it’s not nearly music and work. I’ve modified as a human over the previous ten years, so I wanted to suppose and have some alone time, after which these ideas can mature into one thing uniquely mine.”
“We’ve misplaced our route, and I simply need to take a while to suppose after which return, however that simply feels impolite to our followers and like I’m letting [them] down,” mentioned RM.
“However I feel most of our followers wouldn’t suppose like that as a result of they know our sincerity,” added V. Jimin mentioned that the group has begun to consider “what sort of artists we every need to be remembered as [by] our followers. I feel that’s why we’re going via a tough patch proper now. We’re looking for our id, and that’s an exhausting and lengthy course of.”
Suga additionally added that he “by no means purely loved’ making any of the music that’s come out over the previous 9 years. “Again then, I had one thing to say, however I simply lacked the talents. Now I don’t have something to say. I don’t know what to say,” he added.
“We may concentrate on our solo work this time, and later after we collect once more as a gaggle, that synergy might be like no different,” V added. “We’ll be higher than earlier than.”
BTS Band Members With Solo Careers
BTS first introduced they have been taking a hiatus in 2019 after which once more in late 2021. “This era of relaxation will present the members of BTS—who’ve tirelessly dedicated themselves to their actions—an opportunity to get re-inspired and recharge with artistic vitality,” the group’s music firm, Huge Hit, mentioned in a press release, per Newsweek. The 2019 hiatus was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the group stayed “lively so as to have interaction with followers in 2020 and 2021” as ambassadors of affection and goodwill. Nonetheless, the 2022 hiatus appeared extra actual, since one of many members had already lined up their first main solo efficiency.
J-Hope landed a headlining slot on the 2022 Lollapalooza pageant in Chicago’s Grant Park. This reserving made historical past, as J-Hope grew to become the primary South Korean artist to headline the principle stage of a serious U.S. pageant. “I’m blissful to welcome J-Hope and [K-Pop group] Tomorrow x Collectively into the Lollapalooza household,” mentioned Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell in a press release, per Variety. “[…] These are the superstars of the worldwide phenomenon of Ok-Pop, and we’re so excited to have them at this yr’s pageant.”
J-Hope dropped his first mixtape, Hope World, in 2018. He additionally teamed with Becky G for “Hen Noodle Soup” in 2019, a track that topped the Billboard U.S. World chart (whereas reaching No. 81 on the Sizzling 100 chart).
Underneath his August D persona, Suga launched a pair of mixtapes in 2016 and 2020. He has additionally been an in-demand characteristic artist, showing on tracks by MAX, Juice Wrld, and PSY.
RM, which as soon as stood for Rap Monster, additionally has a pair of mixtapes beneath his belt: 2015’s RM, and 2018’s Mono. He’s labored with Fall Out boy, Warren G, Main, and others.
Plans To Reunite?
As of June 2022, there aren’t any plans for BTS to reunite. Nonetheless, the ARMY mustn’t fear.
“It’s not like we’re disbanding,” mentioned Suga on the finish of the 2022 FESTA dinner. Because the track “Love Is Not Over” says, the band will someday “come again to [the fans’] arms.” In spite of everything, love isn’t over.