BTS recently finished up the U.S. leg of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself concert tour, and have been doing a quick media blitz. After holding a special iHeartBTS event with iHeart Radio last night, this morning they appeared On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk with the host about their new album Map of the Soul: Persona, their tour, their relationship and more.
Throughout the 15-minute interview, RM spoke primarily on behalf of the group, though other members of the septet also jumped in occasionally.
The chat started with a discussion about the relationship, with RM declaring, “We are brothers” and explaining how they’ve lived together for around seven years.
The conversation then turned to their latest album, which became BTS’ third No. 1 Billboard 200 chart-topper in the span of a year. “It’s our new series after our Love Yourself series,” said RM. “Its title is called Persona, and we have seven tracks including ‘Boy with Luv’ featuring Halsey. It’s about finding the process to what’s inside our soul. It’s like the process of finding our map to the soul.”
After discussing the album, working with Halsey, and a few other topics, the conversation turned to the relationship between BTS and their fandom, ARMY. When asked about how BTS built such a strong connection with their ARMY, RM said that it all came naturally, adding that it began even prior to the release of BTS’ first song “No More Dream” in June 2013. “We uploaded our photos and what we’re listening to and what we’re eating and we always tried to include messages of what we really feel.”
However, when asked about fans missing school to attend BTS events, Jin chimed in to urge ARMY not to ditch school. “Don’t do that. If you go to school you can meet friends and you can play soccer, you know?”
Regarding the potential for members pursuing solo career, Jin chimed in by saying “no” while RM clarified “not yet.” Despite the question, which was asked twice amid some confusion, and the answers, several BTS members, including RM, have released solo tracks and albums over the years.
During the interview, they also spoke about a variety of other topics, including how the group members’ parents toured around New York City together, and how it’s hard to have relationships when they travel after being asked about dating.
RM also expressed how they feel about their music has received love from all over the world. “Music is truly, has been, a universal language. Nobody [thought] that we could make it in America with Korean language and lyrics. But all of these, the steadying performances and the reactions of all of the fans, they really proved and they really showed to us that music really transcends all of the barriers and obstacles. And that’s really important, because we’re living in 2019.”