The news about BTS taking a hiatus came as a shock for millions of armies around the world. However, the fans heaved a sigh of relief when HYBE announced that the group was not going on a break and that the members would be beginning with individual promotions. It was on June 14, 2022, that BTS released a video in which the members talked about their journey, struggles, future aspirations, etc. rumors started circulating about BTS going into a hiatus after the video’s release. Now, the members themselves have cleared the rumors.
The members’ clarifications
BTS leader RM is among the first people to clear the rumors of the band taking a hiatus and its alleged disbandment. He addressed the rumors on June 15, 2022, on the community platform Weverse. The leader wrote a lengthy letter in which he described the situation and informed the fans that the facts must be taken as they are and that they should not be misrepresented or blown out of proportion.
Here is what Kim Namjoon wrote, “After the broadcast [of the Dinner Party], I got the biggest amount of messages/calls so far since our debut. On seeing the screenshots and article titles sent, “announcement”, “disbandment”, or “halt on activities”…there were a lot of provoking and fragmented/incomplete keywords.” RM also clarified that the video was completely dedicated to the group’s fans who joined the band members to celebrate their 9th debut anniversary.
The leader further added, “we’ve been sharing an exceptional period together for nearly 10 years without stopping, there’s definitely a special thing between Bangtan [BTS] and ARMY.”
RM on Proof
RM also took the opportunity of talking about the group’s anthology album Proof. Here is what he wrote, “As those of you who watched the video may know, the title of the song ‘Yet To Come’ precisely implies what we wanted to share, that this moment is not the end.” He also said, “I believe and have no doubts that our ARMYs who know us will understand what we were trying to say.”
RM concluded, “As the person who shared the most [in the video], I wanted to give a brief summary. I want to thank everyone who watched the video and shared your positive support, love and energy, whether from close by or far away. Whether as a team, or as an individual, I will work hard to show you a good side of myself. Thank you.”
Check out the letter shared on Weverse below.
RM Namjoon’s Weverse 📝 pic.twitter.com/qfXn5UYgUQ
— 찜블리 •᷄ɞ•᷅ (@jjimvely) June 15, 2022
Jungkook on the rumors
The youngest member of BTS, Jungkook, also addressed the rumors while greeting his fans during a VLive broadcast. He talked about how he got to know about the rumors about the band’s disbandment and said that he was there to get things straight. He assured the army that the BTS members would only be concentrating on their solo activities, but the group was not going into a hiatus or getting disbanded. He stressed the fact once again that BTS is forever! He also informed the fans that the members have a whole lot of things to do together.
"bts vlive: what's going on"
jungkook: i thought i needed to come here to set things straight.
the bangtan team dinner was… meant to be this place where we can comfortably chat and everything.
i promise you, we have absolutely no plan to disband. bangtan sonyeondan is forever. pic.twitter.com/QouAXVhvph
— 「 claire ⁷ 」 (@btstranslation7) June 15, 2022