After six years of absolute world domination, the BTS angels are taking an “extended period of rest and relaxation” – their very first since they debuted as a boy band in 2013.

BTS’ management company, BigHit Entertainment, announced the news on the socials and while they didn’t reveal when the beloved boys will return, BigHit Entertainment did use the word “brief.” So make of that what you will.

“This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentlessly driven themselves towards their goals since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators,” the company said in a statement. “This will provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly.

“During this time, the members will rest and recharge in their own personal ways.”

The ARMY is dedicated to say the least, so the statement also asked fans to respect the privacy of RM, Jungkook, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin andif they spot them in public and “show consideration for their need to rest and enjoy their private time off.”

“BTS will return refreshed and recharged to return all the love you have and continue to show them,” the statement concluded.

The well-deserved break comes just a little while after the release of the K-pop group’s documentary, ‘Bring The Soul: The Movie’. The doco is a glimpse into BTS’ world away from the stage, and features a slew of intimate group discussions and performances from their European tour.

Locally, BTS scored their very first #1 in Australia with their EP Map of The Soul: Persona back in April. It was the first time a release sung in an Asian language had claimed the top spot on the Aria Albums Chart. 

The EP was BTS’ fourth Top Ten on the chart after Love Yourself ‘Her’ claimed the #8 spot in 2017 and Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ scored the #6 spot in 2018. Oh, and Love Yourself  ‘Answer’ hit #9 in 2018.

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