K-pop powerhouse BTS is officially taking a long-overdue break.
Since debuting in 2013, the septet — composed of RM, Suga, Jungkook, Jimin, J-Hope, Jin, and V — has not taken time off, releasing multiple albums through the years.
The news comes after the group’s performance at the three-day Lotte Duty-Free Family Concert in Seoul on Sunday.
“We would like to announce that for the first time since their debut, BTS will be going on an official and extended period of rest and relaxation,” management label Big Hit Entertainment posted on Twitter.
“This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentlessly driven themselves towards their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators.
“This will also provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly.”
Big Hit asked the public to show consideration for the members, who will “rest and recharge in their own personal ways.”
“Should you have a chance encounter with a member of BTS while they are on vacation, we ask that you show consideration for their need to rest and enjoy their private time off.”
So far, BTS has released a total of six studio albums, five compilation albums, six extended plays, and 11 single albums.
Aside from music, the group has also found success in film, landing in this week’s box office top 10 with “Bring The Soul: The Movie,” according to Deadline.
It’s unclear how long the group’s extended hiatus will be. Nonetheless, ARMYs have been taking the news with open hearts, starting the hashtags #RestWellBTS and #HappyVacationBTS to send members well wishes.
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