It’s no secret that underneath all that muscle is a soft heart of gold (which, yes, is a thing) and John Cena’s sweet side came out on Wednesday as he gushed to James Corden and January Jones about his love for South Korean boy band BTS. Turns out, he’s Army, y’all.
While James had January and John on The Late Late Show couch he brought up the last time January stopped by the show in 2017 and took a photo with BTS who was also on that night. She admitted that she had no idea who the band was—”there were so many of them!”—and that she just took a photo with them because they had a lot of security so they had to be important. Um, yeah, January, they are.
Cena, on the other hand, was immediately blown away by Jones’ interaction with the band and addressed his love for them in all seriousness. You see, John Cena is not a casual fan nor is he a gushing fangirl type. He is straight-up analytical in his love for the crew. We wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out he has a very in-depth fan blog where he breaks down their successes.
John explained that he became a fan because he was interested in how BTS was able to capture the hearts of millions of fans around the world. As a live entertainer, Cena was fascinated by their technique and naturally, turned to their music to find out just how they do it.
“I started listening to their music and the message they send to their fans and it’s one of self-love and self-reflection and being confident in yourself even though you may be different,” he said. “Young people are listening to their music and they’re sending a good message through their music and I think that’s really cool when you have popularity and you choose to use your voice for something good.”
Wow, John, that’s some great insight. When can we listen to your BTS TED Talk?
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James, also being Army, had to get the scoop on Cena’s fave member. While some might give a diplomatic answer, Cena was willing to play favourites. He revealed he likes RM and J-Hope because he himself is an “old-school rapper.” James agreed on the RM front but admitted he’s more of a Jungkook stan.
This isn’t the first time John has hinted at his love for the Korean pop act. Back in 2018, he tried to solicit a job on their security team via Twitter, which apparently didn’t pan out. He’s also mentioned it in a few interviews since and even included the BTS song “Fire” in his film Playing with Fire.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) July 11, 2018
So Cena is BTS Army through and through. We wish him all the best in his ongoing quest to become their bodyguard.
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