Is Jungkook leaving BTS? Always With Jungkook trends all over the world

Mafalda Costa July 26, 2021
Is Jungkook leaving BTS? Always With Jungkook trends all over the world
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Is Jungkook leaving BTS? After the boyband singer made an appearance on SBS’s Eight O’Clock News – where he got candid about his personal struggles, as well as about thinking of leaving the K-pop group – Always With Jungkook has taken over the Internet, in support of the group’s youngest singer.

Always With Jungkook

BTS singer Jeon Jungkook has recently made an appearance on SBS’s Eight O’Clock News.

The 23-year-old Billboard Hot 100 topping artist got candid about his personal struggles, and about thinking of leaving the K-pop group.

There was an immediate online reaction, and fans have taken Twitter by storm with “Always With Jungkook” trending all over the world.

Hundreds of Tweets are being posted by the minute, saying: ”We Purple You Jungkook WE LOVE YOU JUNGKOOK  ALWAYS WITH JUNGKOOK #WeLoveYouJungkook.”

Is Jungkook leaving BTS?

In an interview with Weverse Magazine, the boyband member opened up about the pressures of the group’s record-breaking streak of chart-topping singles.

Their second English-language single Butter, released earlier this year in May, set a new record for the group after charting at Number One on Billboard’s Hot 100 for seven weeks.

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“As good as it is and as happy as I am since we’ve kept setting records since Dynamite, it also feels like a burden,” revealed Jungkook.

The singer added that he feels “weighed down” by the recognition the group has received, explaining that it pushes him into a cycle of constantly “thinking [he has to] work harder”.

“That’s what I’m like,” he added. “BTS are an amazing team, but maybe my problem is that I’m not able to keep up with BTS.”

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However, fans can take a sigh of relief – Jungkook has given no hints about planning on leaving BTS.

The K-pop juggernauts are set to make their debut appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on Tuesday, 27 July.

The group will perform their latest single Permission to Dance, as well as Puff Daddy and Faith Evans’ 1997 chart-topping song I’ll Be Missing You.

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BTS ARMY takes the Internet

Talking with Weverse, Jungkook answered some personal questions about the artist he is in 2021 and how he perceives the ground-breaking success of BTS.

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The singer credited the BTS ARMY – the unrivalled fandom and non-profit organization – for the group’s success.

Speaking of ARMY, the vocalist gushed: “When it comes to our concerts, ARMY are the ones who bought the tickets and they’re the main characters. I think everything we focus on comes back down to ARMY.”

ARMY stands for “Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth”, representing the fans’ promise to always be together with the boyband.

According to Esquire, the fandom includes tens of millions of people across the globe and has enough social and political power to regrow rainforests, feed LGBTQ+ refugees and more.

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.