BTS, a South Korean boy band known for their hit songs “Butter” and “Dynamite”, has announced that they will be taking a hiatus.
During a televised dinner marking their anniversary, the band announced that they will be pursuing solo ventures.
Jimin, a band member, said the group was going through a “tough period.”
“We’re trying to figure out who we are, and it’s a lengthy and stressful process,” he stated.
BTS revealed the news on Tuesday during their annual FESTA dinner, where the members reminisced and discussed the future.
Their entire discussion, which lasted over an hour, was recorded and uploaded to their official YouTube page.
An English translation shows one member referring to the break as a “hiatus,” although a band spokesman later refuted this.
In a statement, Hybe, the entertainment organization that manages BTS stated that “they will take time to explore certain individual projects at this time and remain active in several different forms.”
BTS, who are between the ages of 24 and 29, released their first EP in 2013.
Dynamite, Butter, and the Coldplay collaboration My Universe were among their best songs, all of which reached number three on the UK singles chart.
The news could be linked to the fact that all able-bodied South Korean men under the age of 30 are required to serve in the military for two years, and BTS was not granted an exemption.
In a recent chart compiled by the music industry group the IFPI, BTS was voted the world’s best-selling artist of 2021.
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