The end of an era is here, BTS fans. After nine years together, the boys behind Bangtan are ready to shift their focus. Earlier today, the group sat down for a livestream and announced the group would be taking an indefinite hiatus. BTS promises to use this time to regroup and also pursue individual projects that have been tabled time and again these past few years.
The update went live from BTS itself as rapper Suga broached the topic with their bandmates. The group at large is going on hiatus as each member is preparing to pursue solo work. Currently, several members are in the process of recording solo content including Jim, V, Jungkook, Suga, and J-Hope. Jin is also working on a solo debut but said his album will likely be the last to release.
yoongi saying bts is going on a hiatus pic.twitter.com/VLwcbSL0IJ— .ᴖ◡ᴖ. (@kkukstudio) June 14, 2022
As you can see here, the livestream features some emotional asides from the BTS members as they go over the reasoning behind its hiatus. After nine years together, leader RM explained the group has struggled to center itself following the release of ON. If it were not for the pandemic, BTS would have gone on hiatus after the release, but COVID-19 prompted a new wave of comebacks such as "Butter" and "Permission to Dance".
Now, the group is ready to pursue solo activities and expand their reach as individual artists. Still, the members of BTS made it clear the group is not disbanding permanently. RM stressed this break is temporary and will end with BTS reuniting as a seven-member group someday down the line. Right now, there is no telling when that comeback will happen, but fans of BTS can look forward to it as they support the members' solo projects in the near future.
Clearly, this update is not what fans were expecting when BTS filmed its 2022 Festa, but many admit they saw this decision coming. The members of BTS have focused on solo projects more so as of late and furthered their individual profiles online with separate Instagram pages. When the group announced its first anthology album "Proof", rumors began to circulate that BTS would go on hiatus ahead of its tenth anniversary. Now, those reports have been proven true, and fans are reeling from the emotional announcement as you can see below.
What do you make of this latest update from BTS? Did you see this new chapter coming on the horizon? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.
A New Era
a reminder that even when it’s not necessarily a bad thing at all, it’s okay to be sad over this hiatus and new phase on bts’ career. it’s okay to feel scared when faced with uncertainty of sudden change, specially regarding seven people you love and care so much for.— ⊹ 𝕽 ˚. (@JINK997) June 14, 2022
Take Your Time
Bts Hiatus, We will be waiting for you to come back💜 pic.twitter.com/zLYNzbJlKM— haloakukayin (@xxykay23) June 14, 2022
Not This Time
"some groups go on hiatus and disband" but my bts aren't the same. they said they will be back and they will keep their promise, as always.— jungkook admirer (@dreamjeons) June 14, 2022
A New Wishlist
just my personal biggest regret is not being able to see the boys as a group in a concert until now and it'll be a while since they come together as a group again after the hiatus.. it just hurts.. i'm sorry i just wanna say this out loud so it hurts a little less— Sel⁷ (@BTStranslation_) June 14, 2022
Sending All the Support
you'll really know how painful a news is when KIM NAMJOON cries in behalf of the group :( THANK YOU BTS for opening the door of hope for us. the BTS HIATUS is not the ending ARMY FOREVER #BTS_twt #BTSARMY pic.twitter.com/lRATBPzwZK— davii | BTS FOREVER ✨ (@davii_jii) June 14, 2022
Someone Cast Jin ASAP
bts hiatus but we gonna get actor jin got me like pic.twitter.com/4wzJNiBzTD— rojey (@tegiyu) June 14, 2022
Rest and Relaxation
i don't think I'm crying because of the hiatus.... i think I'm crying out of sadness because these people, who have shown me so much love, who have provided me with a safe space to rest, are so afraid of disappointing us they shed tears just to announce that they needed rest too— namjoon's dear⁷🌿 (slow) (@fated0613) June 14, 2022
A Fandom Upgrade
instead of being depressed while they’re at hiatus to grow, grow with them, take time for yourself and work on yourself. let’s all grow stronger with them— (hel)l (@jeonitism) June 14, 2022
A New Chapter
Chapter 2 of bts begins with each member having their solo works and releasing albums, instead of mixtapes. BTS will be in hiatus.
Promise to always walk with you and definitely support each of you equally. 💜 THANK YOU BTS!
"Army Forever! BTS Forever!" 🥺 pic.twitter.com/NYRyyiuPXH— Armae⁷ (@Armae0T7) June 14, 2022