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Saying Goodbye to BTS

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December 09, 2023

The much-awaited news about BTS and their military enlistment has finally landed. After years of dedication to their music and global fandom, the members of BTS are preparing to begin their mandatory military service. The announcement by HYBE Music detailed the plans for the group's hiatus, leaving fans with mixed emotions.

So long!

The band, consisting of RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, will start their service soon, following Jin, J-Hope, and Suga, who have already commenced their military duties. This news didn't surprise fans, as discussions about BTS members fulfilling their mandatory service have been circulating for a while.

BTS' agency released a statement confirming this: "BIGHIT MUSIC is proud to announce today that the members of BTS are currently moving forward with plans to fulfill their military service. After the phenomenal concert to support Busan's bid for the World Expo 2030, and as each individual embarks on solo endeavors, it's the perfect time and the members of BTS are honored to serve.

Since the creation of BTS over ten years ago, the band has risen to international success, broken records, and catapulted K-Pop into the global stratosphere. BIGHIT MUSIC has focused on the milestone moment when it would be possible to respect the country's needs and for these healthy young men to serve with their countrymen, and that's now. Group member Jin will initiate the process as soon as his schedule for his solo release is concluded at the end of October.

He will then follow the enlistment procedure of the Korean government. Other members of the group plan to carry out their military service based on their own individual plans.

Both the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment. The release of their first anthology album earlier this year opened the path to allow the members to take some time to explore individual projects. As part of the HYBE family, we support and encourage our artists and are beyond proud that they will each have time to explore their unique interests and do their duty by serving the country they call home. "Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)" is more than a track from their latestalbum, it is a promise, there's much more yet to come in the years ahead from BTS."

The specifics of the enlistment process vary for each member. Jimin and Jungkook are set to enlist together, a move that has resonated deeply with the BTS ARMY, while RM and V will be enrolling according to their procedures. However, the exact dates of their enlistment are yet to be officially confirmed.

BIGHIT released another statement on Twitter saying, "Hello. This is BIGHIT MUSIC. Thank you for your continued love and support for BTS. We would like to update you on RM, Jimin, and V's upcoming enlistment into the military.

RM, Jimin, and V will fulfill their required time with the military by enlisting in the army. RM and V will enlist according to their respective procedures, while Jimin and Jung Kook are scheduled to enlist together.

Please note that there will be no official event on the day of their entry. The entrance ceremony is a time to be observed only by military personnel and their families. To prevent any issues that might occur from crowding, fans are advised to refrain from visiting the site. Please convey your warm regards and encouragement in your hearts only.

We also advise you not to get adversely affected by purchasing unauthorized tours or product packages that illegally use the artist's IP. Our company will take necessary action against any attempts at commercial activity making unauthorized use of such IP.

We ask for your continued love and support for RM, Jimin, and V until they complete their military service and return. Our company will also strive to provide all the support they need during this time. Thank you."

This hiatus is expected to span around three years. During this time, BTS will temporarily step away from their group activities to focus on fulfilling their military obligations. While this might leave a void in the hearts of fans worldwide, it also marks a significant moment for the members to embark on a personal journey outside the spotlight.

It's not over yet

Despite their temporary hiatus as a group, BTS has left no room for silence in the music world. Each member has been actively working on solo projects. Jimin, with his album' Face,' and Jungkook's debut studio album 'Golden' are just glimpses of the individual musical endeavors awaiting fans during this hiatus.

J-Hope, known for his vibrant energy, released a documentary on Disney+ and made appearances at prestigious fashion shows. Meanwhile, Suga also recognized as Agust D, announced a solo tour, marking an unprecedented move in the history of BTS members' solo activities.

RM, the band's leader, dropped his debut solo album 'Indigo,' promising a unique collection of tracks featuring various artists. Similarly, Jin's solo journey, with his single 'The Astronaut,' has been a notable highlight, showing the diverse talents and interests of the eldest member.

V, with his solo album 'Layover,' and an engaging variety series, 'Jinny's Kitchen,' has also been actively exploring his creative pursuits. The members have been making their mark in various fields, from music to fashion, variety shows, and beyond, ensuring that the hiatus doesn't mean a complete absence from the public eye.

Until next time…

Despite the individual projects, the members of BTS remain committed to their journey as a group. The renewal of their contracts with HYBE's Big Hit Music has reassured fans that BTS will continue to create music together beyond their hiatus. The company emphasized its unwavering support for BTS and future group activities post-hiatus.

One fan said, "JIMIN AND JUNGKOOK ARE ENLISTING AS COMPANION SOLDIERS THEY CHOSE THE BUDDY SYSTEM AND WILL HAVE EACH OTHER FOR SUPPORT IM SOBBING."

Another fan said, "just realized that BTS are really leaving ARMY with content to remember them by and keep us occupied while they fulfill their military service… LITERALLY WHOS DOING IT LIKE THEM?!?! THEYRE SO INLOVE WITH US?!??"

Someone added, "All of the members of BTS will be in the military and Bey will definitely be on hiatus next year. 2024 is going to suck omg"

While the hiatus might leave fans longing for updates and group content, the dedication of BTS to fulfill their military duties speaks volumes about their commitment and sense of responsibility. The group's journey from global stardom to military service showcases a profound transition, marking a new chapter in their lives.

As the countdown to their enlistment begins, fans hold onto the promise of a reunion in 2025, eagerly awaiting the day when BTS will once again grace the stage as a complete unit. Until then, the individual projects and accomplishments of the BTS members serve as a testament to their versatility and enduring passion for their craft.

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