BTS’s RM got honest about the issues:
On the surface, the K-Pop industry appears to be one of glitz, glamor, and celebrity. Despite this, an increasing number of celebrities are speaking out about the harsh realities of the industry and how not everything should be viewed through rose-colored glasses. BTS is a group that has seen the highs and lows of K-Pop.
Leader RM recently opened up on the challenges plaguing the business and the training system.
To commemorate their 9th anniversary, BTS broadcasted their 2022 FESTA BANGTAN Dinner on YouTube. The trio got real about their future, saying that they will be taking some time away from group activities to focus on solo projects, along with some humorous anecdotes.
RM specifically mentioned that something changed with the release of songs like “Butter” and “Permission to Dance,” adding, “I didn’t know what type of group we were anymore.”
Following that, the group’s leader discussed concerns in the K-Pop industry. RM stated that he has always seen BTS as distinct from other groups that have launched in the business…
According to RM, troubles with the industry are to blame for groups losing their sense of self and forgetting the messages they wish to express to fans.
“But the problem with K-POP and the whole idol system is that they don’t give you time to mature. You have to keep producing music and keep doing something.”
— BTS’s RM
RM then opened up about how much this mentality has affected him as an idol and as the leader of BTS. Despite always appearing to be the strongest guy on the planet, RM opened out about how the fast-paced life of an idol has caused him troubles.
“After I get up in the morning and get makeup done, there’s no time left for growth. And it’s not just about music and work; I’ve changed as a human over the past ten years.”
— BTS’s RM
RM claimed that he needed the time apart to help him grow as a person and an artist, but that it was something he couldn’t do. It wouldn’t have been an issue in the past, but after so much time, it was taking its toll.
“So I needed to think and have some alone time, and then those thoughts could mature into something uniquely mine. I could balance this with work before. But after ten years of living as BTS and working all our schedules, I can’t physically mature anymore.”
— BTS’s RM
He continued, “As the leader of BTS, I have to be conscious of what the group is,” but this has come at the expense of fully understanding himself and the members, especially when he believes his job has shrunk.”
“There’s just no time for me to think I have to be aware of who I am what kind of group BTS is. I need to be aware of why I’m here, who the members are to me, the path we’re going to take as a group to go through interviews and write lyrics. But at some point, I haven’t been sure what group we are.”
— BTS’s RM
Given BTS’ stardom and popularity, RM was rightfully praised for not only speaking up about the challenges of being an idol but also for discussing his struggles. Many will look up to BTS and RM as veteran idols, and his honesty will hopefully help them feel less alone.
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