K-pop superstars BTS to take 'extended break'

Carla Harmon
August 12, 2019

BTS - or Bangtan Sonyeondan, which translates as Bulletproof Boy Scouts - have gained a huge following in recent years, becoming the first K-pop group to top charts in the United States and Britain and playing a string of sold-out shows in Los Angeles, Paris and London.

All seven members of the all-Korean boy band are going on vacation for the first time since their debut in 2013.

"Should you have a chance encounter with a member of BTS while they are on vacation, we ask that you show consideration for their need to rest and enjoy their private time off", Big Hit Entertainment stressed.

K-pop was conceived in South Korea in the 1990s as a Western-Asian hybrid and is now a multi-million dollar industry with many bands winning audiences around the globe.

The agency for K-pop superstars BTS says the singers will take an extended break from showbiz to rest and relax and "enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly".

An undefined time-out has been called to give the all-time kings of K-pop time to regroup and recharge batteries, their label, Big Hit Entertainment, announced Sunday on Twitter, just after the completion of a concert in the monsoon heat of steamy Seoul. Representatives of the band did not specify how long of a break they'd be taking.

BTS is one of the world's biggest boy bands, and boasts a huge and devoted fanbase. "Plus there's finally time to review some of the BTS content that's already been released". "Fans wondered how they were able to keep up with all this", Kim Dahee, another longtime fan, told ABC News.

We're wishing the members of BTS a wonderful vacation and hope they enjoy their much-needed time off!

Over the past two years, the band trotted the world to stage high-profile solo concerts in such global cities as New York, Paris, London and, most recently in July, Osaka. "Life's going to feel empty without the joy of looking at BTS' newest photos and videos".

The official announcement comes after rumors began circulating that the group would be taking a 2-month break.

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