A representative for BTS has offered clarification over recent reports of the group’s “extended” hiatus, explaining it is instead a “brief” break.
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The K-Pop group recently completed the first leg of their world stadium tour, which began with two shows at LA’s Rose Bowl Stadium in May. Their final concert took place at Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi, Japan on July 14.
Writing on Twitter on Sunday (August 11), BTS’ management Big Hit Entertainment announced that the band would be taking an “extended period of rest and relaxation”.
[공지] 방탄소년단 공식 장기 휴가 알림 (+ENG) pic.twitter.com/fV4Aw5UNY4
— BigHit Entertainment (@BigHitEnt) August 11, 2019
“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 post read. “This will also provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly.”
The message went on to say that the members of BTS “will rest and recharge in their own personal ways” during the break, while asking fans to respect their privacy.
Big Hit added that BTS “will return refreshed and recharged to return all the love you have an continue to show them.” See the original statement in full above.
Now, a representative for the K-Pop group has confirmed that this hiatus from performing will be much shorter than previously stated. “To clarify, BTS will only be taking a brief, but well-deserved vacation,” they said in an email statement (via The Associated Press).
“We want to assure all of the BTS ARMY, fans, friends and the media that the group is excited to get back on the stage very soon for their scheduled stadium tour.”
The new statement ends by promising “more exciting BTS news and events to come”.
BTS are set to return for a performance in Saudi Arabia on October 11, before playing three dates shows at Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium on October 26, 27, and 29. The group’s tour kicked off at the same South Korean venue in August 2018.
Meanwhile, a new BTS docu-series called ‘Bring The Soul’ is set to arrive later this month. The show will be available exclusively on Weverse, the new social media app from Big Hit that allows fans to interact directly with the group.