K-pop superstars BTS are taking a break for the first time since their 2013 debut, their management team at Big Hit Entertainment announced on Sunday, Aug. 11.
"BTS will be going on an official and extended period of rest and relaxation," the South Korean entertainment company said in a statement on Twitter. "During this time, the members will rest and recharge in their own personal ways."
The announcement comes after an impressive run the past two years alone, in which Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook have broken records, including being the first K-pop band with a No. 1 album in the U.S. and made epic performances like the Beatles-inspired appearance on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In addition to other accolades for the group, their 2018 album, Love Yorself: Tear, earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Recording Packaging at the 61st GRAMMY Awards in February, bringing them to their first-ever GRAMMY show.
Big Hit Entertainment asked fans to show the group "consideration for their need to rest and enjoy" their vacation, if they were to spot them during their time off. The vacation time will be a chance for the members to "recharge and prepare" for the next phases of their careers as well as be a "chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s," Big Hit added.
The post did not specfically call out how long the time off for the group would last, yet the BTS Army has generally responded positvely to the news.
BTS released their latest studio album, Map Of The Soul: Persona, featuring "Boy With Luv" with Halsey in April, six years after they debuted with the single "No More Dream" from their album 2 Cool 4 Skool in 2013.
Another noteworthy moment BTS has had with the Recording Academy this year was with GRAMMY U college students in Chicago for the May edition of our SoundCheck series.
Thanks for all the music so far, BTS. We'll see you again soon.