After nine years together, the K-pop group and global phenomenon BTS has announced they will go on a break to work on solo projects.
The group announced their decision during their annual anniversary special, where they gathered at the first house the members lived together.
The K-pop group of 7 members —Jin, Suga, RM, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook— has broken new records every year and have taken Korean music to an international stage.
According to their label group HYBE, the group will continue working together, but their main priority are solo projects.
The leader of the group, RM, explained that the temporary break was a result of the group’s “lost direction” in an effort to keep with the demanding K-pop industry.
“Whenever I write lyrics and songs, it’s really important what kind of story and message I want to give out, but it was like that was gone now. I don’t know what kind of story I should tell now,” RM said during the special.
Members of the group said they hoped fans will not be too disappointed.
“I hope you don’t see this as a negative thing and see it as a healthy plan,” J-Hope said.
Various members already have plans lined up, with Suga, Jimin and Jungkook releasing music in the future.
Meanwhile, J-Hope will make history as the first solo South Korean artist to perform at the summer music festival, Lollapalooza, in Chicago’s Central Park.
“Later, when we gather again as a group, that synergy will be like no other,” V reassured the fans.
With a couple of drinks, good food, and some tears shed, V, the youngest member of the group, ended their anniversary special with a toast for the future ahead.