BTS’ RM gets teary and says he feels guilty for wanting a break for the band: ‘We’ve lost our direction…’

It was a bittersweet moment for ARMY when BTS tearfully announced at FESTA 2022 that they were going to need a break for a while. Far from disbanding, they made it clear that they needed time to focus on themselves and their solo careers. BTS leader RM (born Kim Nam-joon) stated that he felt the team was losing direction and lost “foothold” after the release of Dynamite in 2020, adding that he no longer knows what kind of group they are.

He said: “For me, it was like BTS was up to ON and Dynamite was within my reach. But after Butter and Permission To Dance I didn’t know what kind of group we were anymore. When I write lyrics, it was important to me to convey a message, but that was over now. I don’t know what kind of story to tell now,” he said, adding that the idol system doesn’t have time to mature.

RM added that he kept feeling trapped within himself and tried to “throw it off” and take some time off. He kept putting it off because something kept popping up for BTS. “But the world wouldn’t let me,” he said. “We’ve lost our direction and I just want to take some time to think.” He mentioned that he was afraid of not living up to fans’ expectations, and V (born Kim Taehyung) added that fans always rooted for them. RM also said he was afraid he had started speaking for the group just because he was more fluent in English and that made him more guilty.

Jimin said that the members are “slowly trying to figure things out now” and that “we’re starting to think about what kind of artists we each want our fans to be reminded of”. “I think that’s why we’re going through a difficult period right now, we’re trying to find our identity and it’s a tough and long process.” He said he wanted to be comfortable with the fans but it was “so hard” become.

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At this point, Suga mentioned that “they have nothing more to say” and he has to “squeeze out” words. “We have to satisfy people’s desires and that’s why I’m expressing it, and it’s so painful. That’s how this job works. I’ve been making music since 2013 and I’ve never just enjoyed it because I’ve always squeezed it. But doing that now feels very different than what I wanted to say 7-8 years ago. At that time I had something to say, but I lacked the skills. I have nothing to say now.”

J-Hope told ARMY that this time apart is a “healthy plan” and please don’t take it negatively. At the end of the dinner, RM broke down in tears and said: “I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed in us. When I said I want to take a break, it feels like I’m doing something bad…” He added, “What I want to see for all of us is that we’re all together and we’re performing on stage with integrity . When we gather and talk like this, I want us to be happy without thinking about the rules of the world.” At this point, seeing their leader in tears caused the rest to get quite emotional. “I always want to be RM of BTS,” he said. Jungkook toasted and said that they just want ARMY’s blessings and one day they’ll be back together better than before.

Later, V wrote an emotional post on WeVerse for ARMY. He wrote: “We are happy. Although the things we all 7 like dislike, personalities, inclinations and pace are different. We have the same thought with ARMY so we had to continue RUN BTS. For the last 10 years we have always looked ahead while looking up. We are scared and have to give up something for the team and there are countless exhaustions and hardships that always come after happiness. To stay long as BTS it’s time to follow in our sane footsteps and I’m sure ARMY will love that too. ARMY and BTS are connected by purple cords. Let’s see each other for a long time so that it doesn’t break off and the color of the cord still remains the same. We love ARMY so much.”

A representative from Big Hit Music said in a statement, “BTS will open a new chapter in which they will conduct team activities and individual activities at the same time. This will be a time for each member to grow with their diverse activities and we anticipate this will make BTS a long-term team. The label will actively support this.”

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