BTS caused a social media frenzy after broadcasting their Real Bangtan Dinner 2022 on June 16. During the virtual event, the group announced that they would be taking a temporary hiatus to focus on solo projects.
The management of the group confirmed that BTS members will be on hiatus until each one fulfills their mandatory military service in South Korea. The country’s law requires all men to serve a 21-month term in the military by the time they reach 28 years old. The group’s label, BigHit Music, released a statement confirming the news and explaining their plan to respect the country’s needs and for the health of the young men.
According to the statement, BigHit Music worked diligently to develop a plan that would accommodate the members’ military duties while allowing them to explore individual projects. The statement also mentioned that the release of their first anthology album earlier this year opened the path for the members to take some time for their solo projects. As part of the HYBE family, the label supports and encourages its artists and is proud that each member will have time to explore their unique interests and serve their country.
BTS hosted a free concert in Busan called “BTS ‘Yet to Come'” to support South Korea’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo.
During the concert, member RM assured the audience that the group would continue to perform and make music despite the upcoming enlistment. The statement also confirmed that member Jin will initiate the enlistment process as soon as his solo release schedule concludes in October, while other members of the group plan to carry out their military service based on their own individual plans.
Despite their upcoming hiatus, BTS members are still focused on pursuing solo musical efforts. Fans will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on their solo projects and eagerly awaiting their return as a group.