With each era comes a widely successful boy band or girl group that’s able to capture the hearts of fans all over the world. Whether it’s The Beatles, Spice Girls or One Direction, die-hard fans dedicate their lives to supporting these music groups. And as of 2019, K-Pop group BTS or Bangtan Sonyeondan (which translates as Bulletproof Boy Scouts) has been dubbed “the biggest boy band in the world.”
But with immense fame comes stress. In a recent Twitter statement, BTS’s management company, Big Hit Entertainment announced that the seven-man band will be taking an extended break in order to “recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators.” This is the first time the young performers will be taking time off recording and performing since their debut in 2013.
Big Hit also mentioned in the statement that the hiatus “will also provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly.”
The news was taken well by BTS’ fans who refer to themselves as “BTS Army”. The band – made up of RM, Jungkook, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin and V – have over 21 million Twitter followers. The “army” posted messages of love and support for the group’s decision on social media with hashtags like #RestWellBTS and #HappyVacationBTS flooding Twitter.
With number one singles all over the world including the US and the UK, there’s no question that BTS brings pride to their home country. The Guardian reports that the boy band is worth $3.5 billion annually to South Korea’s economy.
Although the band is arguably at the peak of their career, the break is one that’s much-needed. After all, what good is the fame and fortune if the members aren’t well and happy?