BTS Announces They’re Taking Time Off, Indicates Burnout

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It’s the end of an era… maybe?

K-Pop Superstars BTS – a group that includes RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook – announced on Tuesday that they would be taking time off to grow individually in a video posted to social media.

“To be clear, they are not on hiatus but will be taking time to explore some solo projects at this time and remain active in various formats,” a rep for the band told HuffPost via email.

In the video, the band members didn’t mention how long the hiatus would last, but Jungkook said they plan to return, according to a translation from HuffPost. The “Butter” singers have indicated that they would like to grow as individuals, take time to mature, and also work on solo projects.

“We’re each going to take some time to have fun and experience a lot,” Jungkook said. “We promise that we will return one day, even more mature than we are now.”

Band members also spoke of feeling exhausted.

“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] and keep doing something.

BTS – (left to right) V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin and J-Hope – at the 2022 Grammys.

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The group noted that the decision was not easy to make.

“We can’t stop thinking about our fans no matter what, we want to be the kind of artists our fans remember. I think we’re now starting to think about what kind of artists we each want our fans remember,” 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 and it’s an exhausting and long process. “

The group, which formed in 2010, first announced a hiatus in 2019. A spokesperson for the group clarified at the time that it was more of a “brief” hiatus, NME reported.



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