To celebrate their 9th anniversary, BTS hosted their annual FESTA Dinner Party. During the dinner, they also happened to make an announcement that rocked the world of K-Pop.
The word “hiatus” was used in the English subtitles, which ultimately caused the misunderstanding. Suga‘s words can also be translated as “off-season” or “off-period.” Suga states, “Anyways, we’ve now entered an off-season…” signifying the members are already in this phase.
Naturally, ARMYs were shocked by the subtitles, indicating a hiatus. Many even interpreted it to mean that BTS was disbanding.
y’all: omg tour soon! 😁
bts: that’s awesome! who are y’all gonna go see??
— lyssa⁷ (@filterstwt) June 14, 2022
Im so happy for them & will always support them through it all💜
Yet, even during Festa Dinner Party, the members had clarified that they were in no way disbanding.
"it's not that we're disbanding, we're just living apart for a while" ㅡ min yoongi pic.twitter.com/qGPcQlpB12
— BTS Quotes Archive⁷ (@btsqtsarchive) June 14, 2022
Shortly after, HYBE‘s stock value dropped greatly. Since then, HYBE has released a statement clarifying the “hiatus.” CEO Park Jiwon has personally denied all rumors of BTS potentially disbanding and spoke up about the group’s future plans.
Now, maknae Jungkook himself has addressed the disbandment rumors.
The day after the announcement, Jungkook held a surprise live broadcast. Soon into it, he addressed the alleged disbandment.
I thought it was right to get this clarified in case there were any misunderstandings. BTS is forever.
Jungkook revealed that when he woke up, he saw “BTS hiatus” and “BTS disband” trending on social media. So, he wanted to clear things up.
"bts vlive: what's going on"
jungkook: i thought i needed to come here to set things straight.
the bangtan team dinner was… meant to be this place where we can comfortably chat and everything.
i promise you, we have absolutely no plan to disband. bangtan sonyeondan is forever. pic.twitter.com/QouAXVhvph
— 「 claire ⁷ 」 (@btstranslation7) June 15, 2022
The maknae denied all disbandment rumors. He emphasized that the group still has many group activities planned, including their variety show Run BTS!.
I’ll say this again but we have no desire to disband. We still have a lot of group activities left, and there will continually be more in the future. So you don’t have to worry about that.
So with just a short statement, Jungkook eased ARMYs’ minds and hearts. BTS is forever, just as Jungkook stated.
"To make it clear, we are NOT disbanding. We are going on as BTS and will continue to film run bts as well" ㅡ 220615, Jeon Jungkook In VLIVE pic.twitter.com/cl6QLgmmBo
— BTS Quotes Archive⁷ (@btsqtsarchive) June 15, 2022
jeon jungkook said he woke up and saw things like " BTS hiatus" & "BTS disband" so he came live just to clear things up and assured us saying "We BTS are not going to disband. BTS will be forever" 💜#방탄소년단 #BTS @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/UxDMzQBi3Y
— Brey⁷ || 🇵🇭 🇰🇷 ( BTS PROOF ) (@btstaendard) June 15, 2022
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