BTS, a South Korean band that has led the global K-pop hobby, is taking a break as a band to work on solo projects.
A member of the RM band, speaking Tuesday at the annual FESTA dinner celebrating the band’s founding, said he felt the need to explore his own work without the constant recording and performances required of BTS.
“The problem with K-pop and the whole system of idols is that they don’t give you time to mature. You have to keep making music and keep doing something,” said RM, sitting at a table with his six bandmates and talking to Korean.
A video of the dinner was posted on the band’s official Twitter account.
The English translation of the remarks shows that one of the participants called the break a “break”, and this description is disputed by the band’s representative in his statement.
“It is clear that they are not on a break, but they will need time to get acquainted with some solo projects and stay active in various formats,” the statement said.
BTS debuted in June 2013 and became a global sensation with its lively hits and social campaigns aimed at empowering young people. On Friday, the band released their new album Proof.
Last year, BTS became the first Asian band to win Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards. The group met with US President Joe Biden at the White House in May to discuss hate crimes against Asians.