Korean pop band BTS taking hiatus to work on solo projects

June 15, 2022 - 2:09 AM
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Members of the K-Pop band BTS (not in order) Kim Taehyung, Kim Seokjin, Jeon Jeongguk, Kim Namjoon, Park Jimin, Jung Hoseok and Min Yoon-gi makes statements against anti-Asian hate crimes and for inclusion and representation during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 31, 2022. (Reuters/Leah Millis)

BTS, the South Korean band that spearheaded a global K-pop craze, is taking a hiatus as a group to work on solo projects, members announced on Tuesday.

Band member RM, speaking at the annual FESTA dinner that celebrates the group’s founding, said he had been feeling a need to explore his own work without the constant recording and performing required of BTS.

“The problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don’t give you time to mature. You have to keep producing music and keep doing something,” said RM, seated at a table with his six fellow band members.

A video of the dinner was posted on the band’s official Twitter handle.

BTS made its debut in June 2013 and became a worldwide sensation with its upbeat hits and social campaigns aimed at empowering young people. The group released its new album, “Proof,” on Friday.

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Last year, the group became the first Asian band to win artist of the year at the American Music Awards. The group met U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House in May to discuss hate crimes targeting Asians.

—Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Mark Porter