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BTS to take “extended period of rest”

By | Published on Tuesday 7 December 2021


BTS have announced that they are taking an “extended period of rest”. Is this the end? Well, no, it’s not the sort of pop hiatus you’re used to. This seems to translate as a couple of weeks off for Christmas.

“We would like to inform you that BTS is planning to take a second official extended period of rest since their first in 2019”, says the group’s record label BigHit Music in a statement.

“BTS stayed active in order to engage with fans in 2020 and 2021 amidst the COVID-19 situation, and achieved dazzling results to cement themselves as top global artists”, it goes on. “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. It will also be the first time for them since their debut to spend the holiday season with their families”.

The group debuted in 2013. So that’s quite a long time to not have Christmas off. Although, in South Korea Christmas is generally a day to spend with friends, rather than family, so maybe BTS don’t mind. South Korea is the only Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday, though. So, it’ll be nice to get an actual holiday, I guess.

Anyway, this is break is “extended”, let’s remember. And I know what you might be thinking. Are they taking a break so that Jin – and maybe even other members of the group – can go and do that military service they’ll need to get done at some point quite soon. No.

“BTS will be focusing on preparing for the concert, and release of the new album, that will mark the beginning of a ‘new chapter'” during this period of rest, the statement explains. “They are preparing for a concert this coming March to connect and communicate with the fans in-person in Seoul”.

So, quite busy then. The seven members of the group will also be busy populating their brand new Instagram accounts with content. Until now, they have not had individual accounts on the platform, but all were launched yesterday as their break was announced.

Speaking of content, Jin celebrated his 29th birthday on Saturday by releasing a new solo song and dance challenge. ‘Super Tuna’ celebrates Jin’s love of finishing, which he likes to do in his spare time. And now he has some spare time, which I guess is something to sing and dance about.