Following a concert in Seoul, BTS announced that they will take some time off to "rest and recharge."
The news comes after each of the boys renewed their contracts with their current agency, BigHit, for a whopping seven years. The agency wrote in its renewal that they will provide "systematic support and investment for the band's career," preventing it from becoming a slave contract. Even so, this will be the teens' first vacations since 2013, but hey, better late than never.
"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," read the statement. The group's touring and recording schedule has been seemingly endless since 2013. The boys have performed on five continents on five separate tours, released six-full length LPs and six EPs, and even addressed the United Nations last September. The group is no doubt exhausted, and fans have definitely noticed.
That's probably why ARMY fans, surprisingly, took the news of the hiatus well. It's rare for K-pop boy bands to go on extended vacations, but it is common for many to go on indefinite hiatus.
In fact, let's not forget that BTS comes from a genre known for committing a slew of human rights violations, stemming from major labels' poor treatment of artists and even artists' poor treatment of women in general. Speaking of human rights abuses, BTS is still scheduled to perform in Saudi Arabia in October. But we're sure everything will be fine, and the boys are definitely not slaves to the soulless K-pop industry.