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BTS is taking a break – but the mega-star K-pop group is making it clear that they’re not breaking up.

“We’re going into a hiatus now,” Suga said in a more than hour-long video shared Tuesday on YouTube and translated from Korean into English subtitles.

But a statement from Hybe, the South Korean entertainment company behind BTS, said they’ll still be working on projects as a group, as well as individually. “BTS are not taking a hiatus. Members will be focusing more on solo projects at this time, ”the statement said.

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RM reflected in the video on feeling like they lost their grasp of what the band was doing after their last few hits.

“We have to accept that we’ve changed,” RM said. “For me, it was like the group BTS was within my grasp until ‘On’ and ‘Dynamite,’ but after ‘Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance,’ I didn’t know what kind of group we were anymore.” He elaborated by sharing that the group couldn’t figure out what their “message” to fans in their music was anymore.

RM said that within K-pop there is pressure to mass produce, which didn’t give the group “any time for growth.”

He also expressed both “guilt” and frustration for speaking for the group as a whole as the only member in the group who speaks English, noting that he wanted audiences to know the group members as individuals.

Jimin added, “I think now we’re starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be remembered by our fans. I think that’s why we’re going through a rough patch right now, we’re trying to find our identity and that’s an exhausting and long process. “

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“I have to talk about something that I really feel, but right now, I’m just squeezing it out because we have to satisfy people wants and the listeners,” Suga said of the creative process. “It’s so painful, but that’s just how this job goes.” The BTS rapper also expressed a desire to try out different genres of music.

V assured fans this wouldn’t be the end of BTS, but they need time to be creative as solo artists. “When we gather again as a group, that synergy will be like no other,” he said.

“We’ll be a better version of us,” JungKook added.

J-Hope told his bandmates theirbreak is “an important part for BTS to start our second chapter.” The musician was tearful throughout the discussion as the rest of BTS discussed the break.

“Thanks to our fans for cheering for us. Thanks to ARMY,” added Jin, referencing the band’s devoted fanbase.

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The group’s members have a variety of upcoming projects and professional obligations to take on in the coming months. J-Hope is set to perform at Lollapalooza music festival in August and plans to release more music; Suga revealed plans to do more solo releases; V is slated to appear on a reality show; and Jungjook teased the release of a solo album.

The band released an anthology album, “Proof,” on Friday, featuring the lead single “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment).”

This isn’t the first time the band has announced they’re taking some time off, though they’ve previously used the term “break” rather than “hiatus.” In December, the group announced they would be taking their first break since their debut to spend the holidays with their families.

“This period of rest will provide the members of BTS, who have tirelessly committed themselves to their activities, a chance to get re-inspired and recharge with creative energy,” the group’s management team, Big Hit, said in a statement at the time .

“It will also be the first time for them since their debut to spend the holiday season with their families. We kindly ask once again that you show consideration for their need to enjoy ordinary and free, everyday lives while solely concentrating on themselves, albeit for a short while, during their period of rest. BTS will be focusing on preparing for the concert and release of the new album that will mark the beginning of a ‘new chapter.’ “

Contributing: Jenna Ryu,; The

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