BTS to take extended break

K-POP group BTS is taking an extended break, its management has announced.

The K-pop group – who is made up of V, J-Hope, RM, Jin, Jimin, Jungkook and Suga – announced they will be taking some time away from the spotlight but promised their fans that they will “return refreshed and recharged”.

A statement posted on social media by Big Hit Entertainment read, “Hello. This is Big Hit Entertainment. 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.

“Today’s LOTTE DUTY FREE FAMILY CONCERT performance will make the last scheduled event before members prepare to take their vacations.

“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.

“This 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. 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. BTS will return refreshed and recharged to return all the love you have and continue to show them. Thank you (sic)”

And BTS previously insisted they “won’t sing in English” just to get a “number one” single in America and Europe and they will not “change” their “identity” for it.

RM said, “A Hot 100 and a Grammy nomination, these are our goals. But they’re just goals – we don’t want to change our identity or our genuineness to get the number one.

“Like if we sing suddenly in full English, and change all these other things, then that’s not BTS.

“We’ll do everything, we’ll try. But if we couldn’t get number one or number five, that’s Okay.” – BANG!