After their grueling US stint, K-pop superstars BTS will be taking a much-needed vacation, their only second official in two years and their first time to spend the holidays with their families since debuting in 2013.
“We would like to inform you that BTS is planning to take a second official extended period of rest since their first in 2019 after they complete their official scheduled events of ‘BTS Permission to Dance on Stage-LA’ and ‘2021 Jingle Ball Tour,” announced Big Hit Music on Dec. 6.
Jimin, Jin and Jungkook arrived in Seoul on the morning of Dec. 6 after wrapping up their activities in the US.
“BTS stayed active in order to engage with fans in 2020 and 2021 amidst the COVID-19 situation,and achieved dazzling results to cement themselves as top global artists,” the agency said.
It added, “This period of rest will provide the members of BTS who have tirelessly committed themselves to their activities, a chance to get re-inspired and recharge with creative energy. It will also be the first time for them since their debut to spend the holiday season with their families.”
Big Hit Music asked fans and the public to give BTS privacy while they take their vacation.
“We kindly ask once again that you show consideration for their need to enjoy ordinary and free, everyday lives while solely concentrating on themselves, albeit for a short while, during their period of rest,” it said.
It added, “BTS will be focusing on preparing for the concert and release of the new album that will mark the beginning of a ‘new chapter.’ They are preparing for a concert this coming March to connect and communicate with the fans in-person in Seoul.”
On the last day of their Los Angeles concert last Dec. 3, BTS announced on Twitter that they will hold their concert in Seoul in March next year.
“See you in Seoul, MARCH 2022,” BTS’ official Twitter account posted on Dec. 3.
“We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all the fans who continue to cheer for BTS and they will return as their best, healthiest selves after recharging so they can return all the love from the fans,” said Big Hit.
Due to the presence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in South Korea, all arriving passengers in Seoul including BTS need to undergo a 10-day self-quarantine.