FILE PHOTO: Members of K-pop boy band BTS pose for photographs during a news conference promoting their new album “BE(Deluxe Edition)” in Seoul, South Korea, November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Heo Ran

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South Korean boy band BTS confirmed on Tuesday that they are taking some time off as a group to focus more attention on their solo projects.

The yearly FESTA dinner celebrating the group’s founding made headway for RM to announce the temporary break, saying that he felt he needed to take his artistry outside of life as a performer for BTS.

“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,” stated RM, alongside his six co-members and using the Korean language. 

A clip of the dinner was uploaded on the band’s Twitter account. 

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According to an English translation of the speech, one of the members called the break a “hiatus,” which a representative of BTS has debunked. 

“To be clear, they are not on hiatus but will take time to explore some solo projects at this time and remain active in various different formats,” said the statement. 

BTS was formed in June 2013, and since then, they have become an international pop icon with their powerful music and advocacy to empower the youth. The most recent album from the group, Proof, was released on Friday. 

Last year, BTS marked the first time an Asian band won the artist of the year category for the American Music Awards. And they met US President Joe Biden at the White House in May to discuss anti-Asian hate crimes.

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