BTS announced the group's hiatus as Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook will be focusing on their solo projects during the 2022 BTS Festa on Tuesday, June 14. However, opposite to what many thought, BigHit Music explained the group would not be on a hiatus at all.
BTS dropped a pre-recorded video of the ninth-year celebration of the hitmakers' debut. In the clip, they could be seen having dinner while talking about their careers and future.
BTS To Enter New Chapter Of Their Careers
Also known as Bangtan Boys, the South Korean boy band announced they would go on a break from their group activities to focus on their solo careers.
However, a BigHit representative said they would only start a new chapter in their careers and continue carrying out group activities and individual projects.
"This will be a time for each of the members to grow with their diverse activities, and we anticipate that this will foster BTS into a long-running team," to official said, per Soompi. "The label will actively support this."
The second chapter of their careers would begin by releasing their own solo albums and collaborating with other artists. The solo projects would be released in order and start with J-Hope.
BTS will also continue their variety program Run! BTS and perform their new song, "Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment), from their new anthology album, Proof, on music shows this week before they officially work on their solo careers.
BTS Not To Take Hiatus
BTS's alleged hiatus spread like wildfire when Suga said they had now "entered an off period/off-season" in Korean. However, its English subtitle translated his words as they would "go into a hiatus now."
HYBE then cleared BTS would not go on a break. "Members will be focusing more on solo projects at this time," it said, via Pinkvilla.
BigHit's representative then explained it wasn’t an announcement of their activities' suspension. Instead, it was a notice of their individual activities for Chapter 2.
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"It is a different type of activity than before," the spokesperson continued. "There are some misunderstandings, so we are preparing to release official data to correct them soon."
In fact, they referenced their past nine years as a group as their "Chapter 1" in the lyrics for their new song, "Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)."
BTS's Solo Activities
As J-Hope will kick start BTS's solo activities, he will be one of the headliners at Lollapalooza 2022. He will have a one-hour set scheduled for July 31 or August 1 IST.
Jin, on the other hand, is thinking of having a variety show on his own. In an interview with WeVerse Magazine, he talked about finding some balance between being a K-pop idol and his personal life.
"I thought about going on a variety show to make myself happy, not for the group or because of my popularity or for work, because filming those shows might put me in a happy mood," he explained. "There are some things about variety shows that are tough, of course, but it's also a chance to laugh your head off on set all day."
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