BTS Says It’s Taking a Break, but Promises It’s Not Permanent

After nearly a decade together, the seven members of BTS need some time apart.

The K-pop superstar group BTS is taking a break. The South Korean boy band announced their decision over a long dinner they filmed and shared on social media.

The Korean boy band released a video on Tuesday discussing the members’ desire to take a break from their current arrangement in order to explore their individual music careers 

“We’ve talked among ourselves several times and we believe it’s good to take some time apart,” J-Hope, one of the members, said in the video. 

BTS officially debuted in 2013. The band's members, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, are now nearly 30 and have spent several years together reaching global success and becoming one of the world's most well-known music groups. 

The BTS video was released as the K-pop group celebrated the ninth anniversary of its debut.  

BTS hiatus 'not as severe' as One Direction

The seven “exhausted” members of the K-pop supergroup BTS have announced that they are taking time out from the band to focus on their solo careers.

“We’re going into a hiatus now,” said Suga, 29, about 20 minutes into the clip, which was posted on the group’s official YouTube channel.

“BTS are not taking a hiatus. Members will be focusing more on solo projects at this time,” the statement said, but did not give details.

BTS’s devotees, collectively known as Army, flooded social media with messages of support. “I just want to give them a hug”, one fan said in comments reported by Yonhap news agency.

Record-breaking band BTS’s label enjoyed a surge in profits during the pandemic, despite holding fewer concerts. The septet is the first all-South Korean act to reign over Billboard’s US top singles chart