K-pop superstars BTS will be taking an “extended break” from the music scene, their agency Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement released on Sunday.
Their agency said the seven members would be undergoing a period of “rest and relaxation" and that the break would "provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly".
This is the group’s first break since their debut in 2013. It’s not clear how long the break will last, but the group is currently in the middle of a world tour.
Their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour kicked off in Seoul in August 2018 and included stops in the US, Canada, UK, Netherlands, Germany, France and Japan.
The last stop on their tour was Shizuoka, Japan, on Sunday, July 14, and they are scheduled to be performing in Riyadh on Friday, October 11. When the Saudi concert was announced, fans in the UAE got their hopes up for an appearance in the Emirates, taking to social media to tweet a simple message: #wewantBTSinUAE.
After all, it had been a while since the band were last year; BTS previously performed in the UAE as part of KCON in Abu Dhabi in 2016.
BTS are one of the world's biggest boy bands, and boasts a huge and devoted fanbase. They've had a massively successful run the last couple of years. The seven-member band made history as the first Korean group to reach the top of the Billboard 200 chart – not once, but three times.
They've also landed on Time 100's list of most influential people of 2019, had Mattel dolls created in their likeness and were offered a Recording Academy membership invite to help choose Grammy Award winners. They've also been given a star on the Dubai Walk of Fame.
The group first formed in Seoul in 2013 and broke into the US pop market in 2017, becoming the first Korean group to win a Billboard music award. They’ve collaborated with the likes of Steve Aoki, Halsey and Nicki Minaj.