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BTS announce break to focus on solo projects

Popular South Korean boy band BTS on Tuesday announced that they will be going on an extended break. They will now be focusing on their solo careers. BTS members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook said that they were going into an indefinite “hiatus”. However, their agency HYBE issued a statement. Carifying that the Bangtan Boys are not going on a hiatus, but will be committed to solo projects.

The K-Pop stars made the revelation during their annual Festa dinner, which celebrated their anniversary as a group. The live stream started on a jolly note, where the group members joked, drank and reminisced about their journey. Group member and leader RM, 27, shared that after the Grammy-nominated BTS’ last few singles he “didn’t know what kind of group we were anymore,” and said that the band members were “exhausted.”

“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,” he said, according to their video’s translation.

You have to keep producing music and keep doing something… I’ve changed as a human over the past 10 years, so I needed to think and have some alone time. Right now when we’re at our best I feel like I should be contributing something to the world, but I don’t know what that is,” RM adds.

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