Break Time For K-pop sensation BTS but promised to return soon

The K-pop superstar group BTS is taking a break. The South Korean boy band announced their decision over a long dinner they filmed and shared on social media.

"I always thought that BTS was different from other groups, but the problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don't give you time to mature," RM, the group's leader, said, according to their video's translation.

He said that the group had lost its direction after years of working.

A representative for Hybe, the entertainment company that represents the band, issued a statement: "To be clear, they are not on hiatus but will take time to explore some solo projects at this time and remain active in various different formats."

In the video, the seven members of BTS sit at a long table with a spread of food and drinks. Balloons and the words "BTS Festa" decorate the wall.

BTS officially debuted in 2013. The band's members, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, are now nearly 30 and have spent several years together reaching global success and becoming one of the world's most well-known music groups.