BTS announces hiatus to pursue solo projects

Group plans to reunite in the future

K-Pop supergroup BTS has announced a “temporary hiatus” while its members pursue solo careers. The seven-piece Korean group shared the news during their annual FESTA dinner, which celebrates the group’s founding. This year marks the ninth year since He, Jimin, J-Hope, Suga, Jungkook, V and Jin have performed together.

“I’ve really started my own solo preparations now. We’ll get into that, but BTS’ stance on solo promotions, solo music is going to change a lot now,” J-Hope starts. “I think we should talk about that change. I think that change is what we need right now. It’s an important part for BTS to start our second chapter.”

“I always thought that BTS was different from other groups, but the problem with K-pop and the whole ‘idol’ system is that they don’t give you time to mature,” RM shares. “You have to keep producing music and keep doing something.”

“We should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again,” adds J-Hope. “I hope you don’t see this as a negative thing, and see it as a healthy plan. BTS will become stronger that way.”

The group spent much of the hour long dinner reminiscing about their time together.

Last week the group released Proof, a three disc anthology album that celebrates the nine years of BTS’ journey since their debut, and opens a new chapter upon their tenth year as artists. The project, available in multiple configurations, contains new tracks, members’ selections, demo versions, unreleased tracks and more.

This is the group’s second extended break in less than a year. In December 2021, the group took a several month hiatus to prep for its series of Permission to Dance concerts and Proof.

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