During the chat, published Monday (Jan. 4), the K-pop star told the magazine that his shoulder was feeling “good” post-surgery, after suffering from a torn labrum that left him sidelined from performing with his band mates for the latter part of 2020. “I think it’ll get even better once I take off this brace. Apparently, it takes several months for a full recovery, but I’m trying to get better as fast as possible,” he said, adding, “The pain is one thing, but when my shoulders got worse, I couldn’t even raise my arms.”
Suga also looked back on missing big moments with the group due to the injury, including promoting their fifth Korean-language studio album Be and performances at December’s Melon Music Awards, the 2020 SBS Gayo Daejeon Festival, The Disney Holiday Singalong and more.
“I can’t say it feels great,” he said. “I could see the emptiness because we’ve been together as a group of seven for so long. Not necessarily because I’m not there but because something that should be there is missing?”
However, the singer did dish some behind-the-scenes about how his surprise appearance via virtual reality came together for band’s performance of “Life Goes On” during the recent Mnet Asian Music Awards. “Fake Suga,” he called the eye-popping moment with a laugh. “There’s this 3D studio where we shot it. I shot, scanned, and acted there, but couldn’t see the actual result at the studio. I thought a sense of displacement was unavoidable, and that was exactly the case.”
In the interview, Suga also opened up about the process behind writing Be highlight “Telepathy,” which he revealed came together in just 30 minutes. (BTS members RM and Jungkook are also credited on the track, along with producers Hiss Noise and El Capitxn.)
“I tried a melody for the first time this year (2020), and as I started knowing the fun of music, it opened a lot of new doors for me. So it was kind of easy working on it. I just played a beat and wrote from the beginning until the end. Done,” he said. “I wrote it in just 30 minutes. The song almost wrote itself. The trends of pop and hip-hop these days cross boundaries between vocals and rap. I like this trend.”