BTS member RM and Jimin REACT to criticism over controversial Saudi Arabia concert


BTS is all set to return to the stage after their hiatus. Their first concert will be in Saudi Arabia. Their decision to perform in the Middle East country received a lot of flak. Here’s what RM and Jimin have to say.

A couple of weeks since BTS declared an end to their short hiatus and the popular K-Pop band is spilling the beans about almost everything under the sun. The band of Korean boys reunited for a new interview and they revealed their dream collaboration, their current favourite songs and a lot more. While there were fun insights into their lives, BTS also addressed some serious topics. This included their upcoming concert in Saudi Arabia. The band is expected to perform in the Middle East country on October 11. 

The ARMY would remember that BTS received flak for performing in a country where same-sex relationships are criminalized. Months after the news made the headlines, BTS leader RM and band member Jimin explain the reason they decided to perform in Riyadh. RM confessed it was a difficult decision for the band to make. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, RM explained, “I wouldn’t say it was easy. But we were officially invited. It’s been a while since we’ve performed in the Middle East.”

Jimin chipped in to add, “If there’s a place where people want to see us, we’ll go there. That’s really how we feel.” BTS’ Saudi Arabia concert will be their first public performance since their return from hiatus. 

While fans are eager to watch the band reunite on stage, there is one problem looming on their heads. The band has to serve in the Korean military soon. Although the ARMY hoped that BTS is exempted from military service, it seems like the boys have to serve two years in the military. South Korean music mogul Bang Si-Hyuk, aka “Hitman” Bang, who put the band together, said, “The company believes military service is a duty, and we will try to show the fans the best of BTS until, and after, the members have fulfilled their service duties.”

Stay tuned to Pinkvilla for more updates. 

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