K-Pop group BTS to take extended break
South Korea-based Big Hit Entertainment has issued a statement via Twitter revealing that its superstar K-Pop group BTS will be embarking on an “extended period of rest and relaxation”.

The group’s break marks their first official time off from recording and touring since their debut 2 Cool 4 Skool was released by Big Hit in June 2013.

The company hasn’t confirmed how long the break will last for, but said that it will “provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly”.

Added the statement: “The period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentless[ly] driven themselves towards their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators.”


BTS is comprised of members RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook.

In October 2018, Big Hit revealed that each of the seven members had extended their contracts with the company for another seven years.

Big Hit Entertainment, founded and headed up by producer, songwriter and music exec Bang Si-hyu in 2005, made a net profit of ₩50.2 billion ($44.5 million) in 2018.

BTS released a new Japanese-language single in July, which has shipped more than a million physical copies in Japan already.

You read the company’s statement in full below:

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 mark the last scheduled event before the members prepare to take their vacations.

This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentless[ly] 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.