Why is BTS going on hiatus? Real reason behind the group suddenly leaving dorms
The world of K-pop possibly came to a standstill on June 14 when in the wee hours of the night (Korean time), members of BTS revealed a piece of shocking news that has put a question mark on their future activities as a boy group. The news of BTS' hiatus is not new as the entire world seems to be talking about it at the moment. Not only that but some sources on the internet debunk the claims stating that the word hiatus is being used for its literal translation and revealing that according to HYBE, the label that manages the activities of BTS, the boy group was not going on a hiatus but was going to work on solo activities alongside being a part of BTS.
Despite such hopeful reports, ARMYs are none the wiser to only keep their trust in the boys and wait for HYBE to release their official statement for fans. Over the last few weeks, there had been a lot of uncertainty around what was in store for BTS in the near future ever since the boy group first announced the release of their anthology album, 'Proof'. After this, many ARMYs wondered if BTS was going to disband after being with each other over the last nine years. These rumors were soon shattered when BTS made their official comeback on June 10 and released their album alongside a music video for their title track, 'Yet To Come' with which BTS made a promise to fans stating that they were not going anywhere and that more from their stories as BTS is yet to come.
BTS announces a hiatus from group activities
Now, not long after that, BTS has released a pre-recorded live video on their YouTube channel - BangtanTV that is making fans reach for the tissue box after what was revealed in the video. In the video, the seven members of BTS came together to celebrate their ninth anniversary aka BTS Festa. As the members started talking about how the last few years have been very pivotal for their journey and what the future holds for them, the boys started getting to the topic and revealed that they were finally ending the first chapter of their journey as a boy group and would be going on a "temporary" hiatus from their activities.
The members stated that during this time, they would be putting their focus on solo activities and would try their best to eventually band together as a boy group when they can. The video ended but the message from BTS still has a lasting impact on fans who are wondering why BTS really announced a hiatus. According to the Korean media platform, Newsen, the contracts for BTS dormitory accommodation had expired. The dorms were a place where all seven BTS members, namely RM (Kim Namjoon), Jin (Kim Seokjin), Suga (Min Yoongi), J-Hope (Jung Hoseok), Jimin (Park Jimin), V (Kim Taehyung), and Jungkook (Jeon Jungkook) lived together for the last nine years.
The real reason behind BTS leaving their dorms
The members explained that since their official artist contracts with HYBE had expired in 2020, the members of BTS were initially going to end the group's Chapter 1 with their 2020 album, 'Map of the Soul: 7', its lead single - 'On' and a World Tour that would go across unimaginable countries like India, Australia, Barcelona and more. The members revealed that it is due to Covid-19 that the boys decided to extend their contracts with the label and stay on for another seven years with their present contracts expiring in 2027.
In the BTS Festa video, members started reminiscing about the boy group's journey over the years and shared the experiences that they had living together in one dorm. The members talked about how living together was an experience but pointed out that they were going to move out of their dorms and live alone because in the words of RM, "It is not right for seven grown men to live together." The leader added, "We are family more than friends, It's about keeping a little physical distance and protecting each other's privacy."
Following the conversation about their dorms, BTS members also talked about how moving out from the dorms was an ideal time to start with solo gigs for the members and revealed that Chapter 2 of BTS will be inclined toward members' solo activities like solo debuts, solo album releases as well as acting projects.