K-Pop supergroup BTS announced Tuesday they are going on hiatus to focus on solo projects after nine years together, but they said they’re not disbanding and will return to making music together.
In an hour-long YouTube video, the seven-member group discussed their hopes for the band as well as themselves as individual artists.
V assured fans the group isn’t splitting up, saying they’re taking time to work on solo projects, “and later when we gather again as a group that synergy will be like no other.”
Jungkook said “we promise we will return someday,” and asked fans to understand that they need this time to grow.
This is BTS’ third hiatus since 2019. The group took a break at the end of last year, saying they’re taking “a second official extended period of rest” to spend the holidays with their families and prepare for a new chapter. The “Butter” singers—Jung Kook, V, Jimin, Suga, Jin, RM and J-Hope—released an anthology project last week, Proof, featuring three new tracks along with their greatest hits. Last week, BTS visited the White House to meet with President Biden to talk about anti-Asian hate crimes and Asian representation.
Boyband hiatuses have not always ended with a reunion. In 2015, Zayn Malik famously exited One Direction after five years with the group. The remaining members–Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson—later announced they would be taking an “extended hiatus” to focus on solo projects and have yet to team up again.