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The boy band BTS has come with news that might break your heart a little. The South Korean Pop group BTS on Tuesday announced that they will be going on an “indefinite hiatus” to pursue individual careers, but promised they would return someday.

This announcement was made during their streamed annual “FESTA” dinner, which was part of a celebration that marks their anniversary as a group. The seven members of the group are credited with generating billions of dollars for the South Korean economy. The group members have been together for nine years.

As a group, they last launched their album Proof which is the first anthology album released by South Korean boy band BT. This was released on June 10, 2022, through Big Hit Music. The album’s lead single, “Yet to Come”, was released on the same day. It was the group’s last album released before they announced hiatus.

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It was an emotional moment for ARMY when BTS tearfully announced at FESTA 2022 that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus. They made it clear they needed time to focus on themselves and their solo careers. BTS leader RM explained that he felt that the team was losing direction, and he had lost ‘hold’ after their release of Dynamite in 2020, adding that he didn’t know what kind of group they were anymore.

RM said, “For me, it was like BTS was within my grasp till ON and Dynamite. But after Butter and Permission To Dance, I didn’t know what kind of group we were anymore. Whenever I write lyrics, it was important for me to give out a message, but that is gone now. I don’t know what kind of story we should tell now,” he said.

He added, “We’ve lost our direction, and I just want to take some time to think.” He mentioned that he was afraid that he wasn’t living up to fans expectations, and V (born Kim Taehyung) added that the fans have always rooted for them. RM also said that he was afraid that he had begun speaking for the group, just because he was more fluent in English, and it made him more guilty.

As mentioned by The Indian Express, a representative of Big Hit Music said in a statement, “BTS will start a new chapter in which they will simultaneously carry out team activities and individual activities. 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. The label will actively support this.”