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BTS taking a break as group members pursue solo work

Published : 15 Jun 2022 07:44 PM

K-pop supergroup BTS announced Tuesday they were taking an indefinite break from one of the world's most popular acts to focus on solo pursuits.

The seven members, who are credited with generating billions of dollars for the South Korean economy, dropped the bombshell during their streamed annual "FESTA" dinner, part of a celebration that marks their anniversary as a group.

"We're going into a hiatus now," said Suga, 29, some 20 minutes into the clip, which was posted to the group's official YouTube channel.

Members were speaking to each other in Korean, and the video included English subtitles.

RM, 27, said that after the Grammy-nominated BTS' last few singles he "didn't know what kind of group we were anymore," adding later that group members were "exhausted."

"I've always thought that BTS was different than other groups," he continued. "But the problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don't give you time to mature."

Jimin, 26, said the members are "slowly trying to figure things out now" and that "we're starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be remembered by our fans."

"I think that's why we're going through a rough patch right now; we're trying to find our identity and that's an exhausting and long process."

By the end of the dinner several of the members of the group behind "Dynamite" and "Butter" grew tearful as they voiced gratitude for their supporters, a fandom known online as the "ARMY."

J-Hope, 28, said the group "should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again."

"I hope you don't see this is a negative thing," the artist implored fans. "And see that it's a healthy plan."

The news had fans online in a fever as to whether this meant the end of the pop juggernaut -- but according to the video, it was not the case.

"It's not that we're disbanding -- we're just living apart for a while," said Suga.