South Korean supergroup BTS has announced their decision to go on a surprising break, so its members can seek after solo careers. The news came as the seven-man group hosted their yearly FESTA supper, which celebrate their founding. The group say, they generally required the opportunity to explore their own music.
He, Jimin, J-Hope, Suga, Jungkook, V and Jin initially formed the band in 2010 and jumped to super fame through songs like Dynamite, Mic Drop, Boy With Luv and Butter, reinventing their sound several times in the process.
“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. “You have to keep producing music and keep doing something.”
“We should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again,” added J-Hope. “I hope you don’t see this as a negative thing, and see it as a healthy plan. BTS will become stronger that way.”
Jimin honored BTS’s fans — a large number of whom are known as the “Army” — and according to the group, they are now beginning to ponder what sort of artists they each want to be remembered for by their fans.
They used the FESTA dinner to reminisce of their long time together and promised to reunite in the future, with Suga keen to point out the band was on hiatus and not officially finished, saying: “It’s not like we’re disbanding.”