K-pop supergroup BTS to work on solo projects | Music News

The band members make a surprise announcement over dinner to mark the band’s founding in 2013.

BTS said they are taking an indefinite hiatus from the K-pop supergroup to focus on their solo career.

The group, credited with generating billions of dollars for South Korea’s economy, dropped the bombshell at its annual ‘FESTA’ dinner, part of a celebration that marks the group’s founding and was broadcast on line.

“We’re going to take a break now,” said Suga, 29, about 20 minutes into the clip, which was posted on the band’s official YouTube channel.

The seven members of the Grammy-nominated group spoke to each other in Korean, and the video included English subtitles.

A rep for the band took issue with the word “hiatus” in a later statement.

“To be clear, they are not on hiatus but will take time to explore some solo projects at this time and remain active in various formats,” the statement read.

Jimin, 26, said the members are “slowly trying to figure things out” and “we’re starting to think about what kind of artists we each want our fans to remember.”

“I think that’s why we’re going through a tough time right now, trying to find our identity and it’s an exhausting and long process.”

Korean band BTS appears at the daily White House press briefing during their visit to discuss Asian inclusion and representation and to combat anti-Asian hate crimes [File: Saul Loeb/AFP]

As the dinner ended, several members of the group behind “Dynamite” and “Butter” cried as they expressed their gratitude for their fans, collectively known as “ARMY.”

J-Hope, 28, said the group “should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again”.

“I hope you don’t see that this is a negative thing,” the artist implored. “And make sure it’s a healthy plan.”

The news caused some anxiety among fans, but Suga then reassured that BTS isn’t “breaking up – we’re just living apart for a while.”

BTS said they were taking short breaks before, first in 2019 and later in December 2021.

The news comes just days after the band released Proof, an anthology album which included a new single, Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment).

J-Hope said in the clip that time apart could help BTS “become a stronger group” and time was “important…for BTS’s second chapter.”

“I hope all of our members stay healthy as they spend time alone,” added the singer, who is set to headline Chicago’s Lollapalooza in late July.

BTS debuted in 2013 and were the first Asian group to win Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards. The group has been nominated for a Grammy twice.

The group recently made headlines for their visit to the White House to deliver a message to President Joe Biden on the fight against anti-Asian racism.

The White House hailed the group as “young ambassadors who have spread a message of hope and positivity around the world.”

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