In a tweet posted on August 11, Big Hit said that the reason for BTS’ extended break is to allow the boys some time for “rest and relaxation.” This is the first time that the boys are going on a break since they made their debut in 2013.
According to the statement, this period of rest will allow the boys to “recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators.” In addition, the break will also give BTS a time to “enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly.”
While the statement did not say how long the boys will be out of the limelight, BBC reported that the chart-topping K-pop group is scheduled to perform in Saudi Arabia in October 2019 as part of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour.
BTS, whose members include Jin, Sunga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, have enjoyed commercial success since their debut in 2013. Their 2019 EP, Map of the Soul: Persona became the group’s third No. 1 album on the US Billboard 200 chart. Their single, “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey, reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group also broke Spotify’s records in April 2019 when they became the first K-pop and Asian group to surpass five billion streams on Spotify.
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