It’s the end of an era… maybe?
k-pop superstar bts – A group consisting of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook – announced on Tuesday that they would take the time to grow personally in a video posted on social media.
“To be clear, they are not on hiatus, but will take the time to explore some solo projects and be active in various different formats,” a representative for the band told HuffPost via email.
In the video, the band members did not mention how long the break would last, but Jungkook said that they plan to return, according to a HuffPost translation. The “Butter” singers indicated that they wanted to grow as individuals, take some time to mature and also work on solo projects.
“It will take some time for each of us to have fun and experience so many things,” Jungkook said. “We promise we’ll return someday, we’re even more mature than we are now.”
Band members also spoke of feeling jealous.
“I always thought BTS was different from other groups,” RM said in the video. “But the problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don’t give you time to mature. You have to keep filming [producing music] Keep doing something else.”
The group noted that decision-making was not easy.
“We can’t help but think about our fans, no matter what, we want to be the kind of artist who is remembered by our fans. I think now we are starting to think about what kind of artists we want to be remembered by our fans,” Jimin said in the video. “I think that’s why we’re going through a tough time right now, we’re trying to find our identity and it’s a tedious and lengthy process.”
The group, formed in 2010, first announced a break in 2019. A spokesman for the band clarified at the time that this was a “brief” break, NME. informed of.