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BTS announce "temporary hiatus" to pursue solo careers

"We should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again."

BTS have announced that they will be taking a "temporary hiatus" to pursue solo careers.

The South Korean band, made up of Suga, Jin, RM, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, hope to "spend some time apart to learn how to be one again."

The informal announcement from the K-pop band came at their annual FESTA dinner, which was recorded and posted to YouTube.

The band's seven members discussed the future of BTS halfway through the hour-long clip and detailed their plans as solo artists.

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J-Hope began the discussion saying: "I've really started my solo preparations now."

According to the K-pop stars, BTS's stance on solo music has changed and J-Hope will be the first band member to release a solo album.

"Starting with J-Hope we'll officially be showing our individual colours," RM added.

The band told fans that they are all working on individual music and that they all have different approaches to making solo albums.

Jimin added: "Now we're starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be remembered by our fans."

jungkook, jin, jimin, v, rm, and j hope of bts perform onstage during the 64th annual grammy awards 2022
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"I always thought that BTS was different from other groups, but the problem with K-pop and the whole 'idol' system is that they don't give you time to mature.

"You have to keep producing music and keep doing something," said band member RM of the time constraints that have previously prevented their solo projects.

Member J-Hope said of the decision: "We should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again, I hope you don't see this as a negative thing, and see it as a healthy plan. BTS will become stronger that way."

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