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Iconic K-pop group BTS announced they are taking a break from their successful career as a boy band to focus on solo projects.
The yearly FESTA dinner celebrating the group’s founding brought band leader RM to say that he had been feeling an urge for some time now to navigate outside BTS life – recording and performing.
“The problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don’t give you time to mature. You have to keep producing music and keep doing something,” stated RM, alongside his six co-members and using the Korean language.
A clip of the dinner was uploaded on the band’s Twitter account.
One of the members referred to the break as a “hiatus,” according to an English translation of the speech, which a representative of BTS has debunked.
“To be clear, they are not on hiatus but will take time to explore some solo projects at this time and remain active in various different formats,” said the statement.
A South Korean pop band called BTS was released as a new sensation in June 2013. They’ve become one of the most iconic bands globally with their music hits and social campaigns that empower youth. Their latest album, Proof, just came out this weekend.
The previous year, BTS became the first Asian band who won the artist of the year category for the American Music Awards. And they met US President Joe Biden at the White House in May to talk about anti-Asian hate crimes.