BTS Reveals Why They Wanted To Disband In 2018
BTS may be on top of the world right now as they dominate the global music industry but things could have turned out differently if they had pushed through with plans to disband in 2018.
In their documentary Break the Silence, members reflected on the tumultuous time and what prompted them to consider going their separate ways.
According to Jin, members were at a crossroads after the 2018 MAMA in HongKong. Their difficulties made them think about disbanding.
The statement was a huge revelation to BTS supporters because 2018 was a big year for BTS and heralded their meteoric rise to the global stage.
The second eldest member Suga, confided that the roller coaster of emotions from being an idol may have played a part in the member considering whether it was worth it to move forward together.
"I think it's because things got hard at the start of the year. There were a lot of things to think about at the time, and there was a lot of doubt about this work. That was on all our minds that year since this job constantly demands that you be on a roller coaster ride. It turned out to be a year where we could reflect on ourselves. That's what I think," he said.
Even the youngest member Jungkook admitted that he seriously harbored doubt at the time as the members re-evaluated their position and considered whether the hardship was worth it. BTS' golden maknae said that the uncertainties led him to question what path the group would take in 2019.
While BTS has enjoyed strong support from their ARMY fandom even from the start of their career, they came to global attention in 2017 when they received their first Billboard Music Awards win for the Top Social Artist Award and caused BBMA servers to crash due to the volume of votes they received.
That year, BTS beat international stars like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande for the plum and marked the beginning of their ascent to global superstardom. Now, they not only have BBMAs, VMAs, and AMA Awards under their belts, they are also ruling music charts all around the globe and performing at the Grammys.
For J-Hope, their rise to the top brought an overwhelming feeling at the start, which made them rethink if they were going in the right direction.
"In 2018, I think a lot of unexpected things happened that year. Honestly, it felt a bit scary because we never expected so many things that came our way, and we were doing them," he said.
As members reminisce about their uncertainties, they remained thankful that they made the right choice and stuck by each other during difficult times. They also expressed gratitude to the ARMYs who supported them throughout their journey.
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When BTS’ Jin revealed they almost disbanded in 2018!
Back in 2018, when BTSwon “Artist of the Year” at an award show, they gave an emotional acceptance speech where Jinshockingly revealed that BTS considered disbanding because of all the hardships they were going through. According to a news portal Jin said, We had a hard time mentally during the beginning of this year. While talking with each other, we even thought about disbanding.
Not only were fans heartbroken, the members also were seen getting emotional when Jin confessed. At the end of the acceptance speech, Jin said, “I’m thankful towards my members who decided to continue… I want to thank my members who always love me and to say thank you to ARMY for always loving us. Thank you”
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Groups often come and go in music industries around the world. BTS has managed to stay together for an impressive seven years, but not many people are aware that the group almost disbanded at the five-year mark in 2018. So why exactly did BTS consider disbandment at that time?
BTS revealed they considered breaking up in 2018
In 2018, BTS’s popularity was picking up quickly around the world. They began to win prizes at American award shows and were invited on to many American TV programs.
However, at the end of 2018, BTS revealed that they almost disbanded earlier in the year.
“I remember early this year. We were mentally struggling at the beginning of the year,” Jin said during an acceptance speech at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, according to Elite Daily. “While talking amongst ourselves, we even considered disbanding. I think it’s so fortunate that we got ourselves together and was able to bring good outcomes. I want to thank my members who helped me get myself together and the ARMYs who love us.”
The other members were clearly affected by what Jin said—most notably, V could be seen crying. Many fans recognized that BTS was still emotional thinking about what they went through.
Why exactly did BTS think about breaking up?
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In the first episode of BTS’s 2020 docu-series Break the Silence, the members talked more in-depth about why they considered disbandment.
Suga revealed that the group had a “hard start” in 2018, and it made them question whether being in BTS was worth it anymore.
“I think it’s because things got really hard at the start of the year,” he shared, according to Koreaboo. “There were a lot of things to think about at the time, and there was a lot of doubt about this work. That was on all our minds that year since this job constantly demands that you be on a roller coaster ride. It turned out to be a year where we could reflect on ourselves. That’s what I think.”
Meanwhile, J-Hope admitted that BTS’s newfound international fame brought them a lot of stress. He said, “In 2018, I think a lot of unexpected things happened that year. Honestly, it felt a bit scary because we never expected so many things that came our way, and we were actually doing them.”
Fortunately for many fans, BTS managed to get out of their temporary rut and found ways to keep going.
BTS would have disbanded in 2020 had they not renewed their contracts
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BTS debuted in 2013 with seven-year contracts—which is standard in K-pop. This means that they were initially due to disband in 2020. However, it seems that after the group decided to not disband in 2018, the members renewed their contracts to remain together until 2026.
In June 2020, when BTS celebrated their 7th anniversary, Jimin noted in a live stream that they would have had to go their separate ways had they not renewed their contracts.
“Thank you for allowing us to celebrate our 7th anniversary,” he told fans. “We were all shaking hands and hugging each other. If we hadn’t re-signed our contracts… we wouldn’t have been able to see each other.”
Disband 2018 bts
Back in 2018, there was an incredibly frightening day for KPOP fans around the world. The rumor struck the internet that the renowned band and boy group BTS were about to disband and go their separate ways. While the music industry rocked with this news, as well as tugging on the heartstrings of millions, it fortunately never happened. But how did the news come about?
BTS was about to disband in 2018 because each member was facing the rising challenges that come with being famous. It’s hard work to produce music that’s loved on a global scale, and the members were feeling the strain physically, emotionally, and mentally.
To found more about what the members of BTS were going through, why they nearly broke up but didn’t, and more, keep on scrolling down!
The Worst Day for Kpop
In Hong Kong back in 2018 during MAMA, Jin, a beloved member of BTS announced that BTS were considering breaking up and going their own way. He announced this decision was not being taken lightly, and that it was because all members of the group were facing challenges that they needed to overcome.
In his interview, he said;
“In the early part of this year, we had a rough time emotionally. We also talked about the possibility of disbanding with each other.”
This was surprising news to many fans since 2018 had been BTS’s most successful year yet, and had won prestigious awards, such as the Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. It really doesn’t get any better than that.
However, there are rumours out there as to why the band considered taking a break. Many thought that BTS had simply achieved all their goals and believed there were no other goals to aim for since they were already top of the world.
According to a Quora post written by BTS fans, there were plenty of reasons. Jin wasn’t able to attend the funeral of a family member because he was touring, and had to instead leave a recording. V also lost a family member around the same time.
RM also had surgery and needed to recover and when you’re touring around the world and performing to hundreds of thousands of people and trying to record album and stay active online and within the fan base, it’s easy to see that this can all get a little too much.
Keeping on Rollin’
Fortunately for the fans, BTS decided to calm down with what they were doing, but managed to stay together. In an interview, Jin said;
“But we’re having our heart and soul back and I’m happy that at least we’ve been able to deliver such a great outcome. I’m grateful to my co-members who wanted to keep the band and continue making good music to fans. I would like to thank my bandmates who always appreciate me, and the ARMYs for loving and supporting us all the time. Thank you very much.”
This was backed up in the 2020 documentary made about BTS titled ‘Break the Silence’. In this movie, the band open up about the struggles and obstacles they have faced over the years, but also how much they have achieved, and how grateful they are to their fans for sticking by them through thick and thin.
If you haven’t seen the documentary already, here’s the trailer that will make you want to see it as the next thing you do!
One of the Most Successful Bands in the World
While all musicians and bands will struggle at some point in their career, there’s no denying that the more successful you become, the harder it is to deal with. The higher you go, the harder you can fall. BTS has definitely seen the peak of success.
Throughout their career, the band has won;
- 24 Mnet Asian Awards
- 20 Golden Disc Awards
- 23 Melon Music Awards
- 12 Gaon Chart Music Awards
- 4 Billboard Music Awards
- 6 MTV Music Awards
- 12 Seol Music Awards
- And dozens more
So many of their tracks have gone multi-platinum and have been the first Korean band to receive the Million certification in both the UK and America ever.
However, what BTS are really known for is just how powerful and influential their fan base is. As of 2020, the band currently hold the Guiness World Record for the most Twitter engagements and have become the first KPOP band to ever remain within the Billboard 200 for an entire year.
As of October 2020, BTS also topped the Billboard Artist 100 for 11 consecutive weeks and became the artist who remained at the top for longest out of all artists, duos, and groups in the entire world.
BTS really have taken the world by storm as much as any other artist in the world, and remain one of the most popular bands to this day. Basically defining the genre of Kpop for many fans, it’s been an incredible journey, and we can’t wait to see where they go next!
Why BTS Almost Broke Up In 2018
Much to the surprise of fans around the world, BTS admitted they nearly broke up in 2018 during a Dec. 14, 2018 speech at the MNET Asian Music Awards. "I'm happy to be receiving the Artist of the Year.... 2018 was a year that made me wonder if I could be this happy in my life. I will make 2019 an even more amazing year," said Suga, per AllKPop, cryptically referring to a challenging 2018.
Jin picked up where Suga left off and shed some light on what he meant. "I remember early this year," he began. "We were mentally struggling at the beginning of the year. While talking amongst ourselves, we even considered disbanding," Jin explained to a room full of shocked fans, per AllKpop. "I think it's so fortunate that we got ourselves together and was able to bring good outcomes. I want to thank my members who helped me get myself together and the ARMYs who love us."
Members of BTS further explained the difficulties they faced at the beginning of 2018 in the band's docuseries, Break the Silence, per Koreaboo. According to J-Hope, the band was having a hard time dealing with their newfound popularity. "In 2018, I think a lot of unexpected things happened that year. Honestly, it felt a bit scary because we never expected so many things that came our way, and we were actually doing them."
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It’s hard to believe now, but 2018, one of BTS‘s most successful years, nearly began with their disbandment.
At 2018 MAMA in Hong Kong, Jin revealed that the group had considered going their separate ways because of the difficulties they were facing at the time.
We had a hard time mentally during the beginning of this year. While talking with each other, we even thought about disbanding.
Despite these struggles, the members decided to keep moving forward and continue their journey together.
But we regather our hearts, and I’m glad that we were able to produce such a great result…I’m thankful towards my members who decided to continue… I want to thank my members who always love me and to say thank you to ARMY for always loving us. Thank you.
Fast forward to 2020. In Episode 1 of BTS’s new docuseries, Break The Silence, BTS opened up about that year of hardship and triumph. Jungkook remembers 2018 as a year of re-evaluation that made him concerned about what his life would be like the following year.
A lot of things happened in 2018. There were moments that were really tough, but still a lot of good things happened as well. I think we’re re-evaluating our position, our actions, and things like that every year. So, looking back at what happened in 2018, it made me think, “What kind of path will I be on in 2019?” I thought about it a lot that year, and my concerns doubled as well.
Suga believes that the doubts and demands of a “roller coaster” career were part of why BTS got off to a rocky start in 2018. It was a year where they reflected on themselves.
I think it’s because things got really hard at the start of the year. There were a lot of things to think about at the time, and there was a lot of doubt about this work. That was on all our minds that year since this job constantly demands that you be on a roller coaster ride. It turned out to be a year where we could reflect on ourselves. That’s what I think.
“In 2018, I think a lot of unexpected things happened that year,” J-Hope said. “Honestly, it felt a bit scary because we never expected so many things that came our way, and we were actually doing them.”
Although 2018 brought many worries and surprises, J-Hope remembers it fondly. For him, the release of his mixtape, Hope World, was a dream come true. For BTS, he said, “it was one of our best years.”
For more, find out what advice J-Hope gave Jungkook when he needed it most.
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