K-pop group BTS asks fans not to bother them during during 'extended period of rest'
If you spot a member of BTS out in public anytime soon, resist the urge to request a selfie.
The Korean pop band, which has developed a feverish fan base over the last two years, is going on an extended break, according to a translated message posted on its management team's Twitter account — and although the men have become some of the most famous figures in the world, they've got their fingers crossed for privacy.
"We would like to announce that for the first time since their debut, BTS will be going on an official and extended period of rest and relaxation," the statement reads, adding that a recent performance would be "the last scheduled event before members prepare to take their vacations."
Later, it adds, "Should you have a chance encounter with a member of BTS while they are on vacation, we ask that you show consideration for their need to rest and enjoy their private time off."
The break "will also provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly. During this time, the members will rest and recharge in their own personal ways."
Although some fans were quick to draw comparisons to now-seemingly-defunct boy band One Direction, which announced its own hiatus in 2015 and has shown no signs of reconciliation, most are showing their support for a long-overdue vacation. While three members have embarked on their own separate musical projects, the statement assures fans the group will return soon.
Another portion of the statement reads, "This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentlessly driven themselves towards their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators."
The message has already racked up more than 202,000 retweets and half a million likes.
Formed in Seoul in 2013, group is comprised of seven members: Jungkook, V, Jimin, Suga, Jin, J-Hope and RM. Their rise to international superstardom accelerated in late 2017, and they've since performed at the Billboard Music Awards and presented an award at the Grammys.
BTS sings in Korean, but RM is fluent in English, so he takes the lead on most U.S. interviews. He reportedly taught himself English by watching "Friends."