With BTS‘ status as a worldwide musical sensation, member Jungkook has made it loud and clear on multiple occasions which other international household name he honors.
Billboard reflects on five times Jungkook proved he was a Belieber, and the one time Justin Bieber confirmed his ARMY status.
Jungkook named Bieber as his main musical influence.
During an interview with Ozy in 2017, members of the South Korean septet shared which Western musical artists they looked up to for inspiration. RM noted Drake, V mentioned John Legend and Jungkook name-dropped Bieber.
He covered David Guetta and Bieber’s “2U.”
Jungkook loves to upload covers of hit songs, so it comes as no surprise that he lent his voice to one of Bieber’s tunes. In 2017, he posted a gentle instrumental cover of “2U” by Guetta and Bieber on BTS’ SoundCloud account.
Jungkook danced to “Sorry.”
Jungkook is not apologizing for his love for the Bieb’s anytime soon. The 22-year-old superstar showed off his own signature moves apart from the Bangtan Boys’ while jamming to the Purpose hit.
never forget this video of jungkook jamming to justin bieber's sorry ㅋㅋㅋ pic.twitter.com/UxOhPNlfoY
— hiatus (@taejinkookmin) March 23, 2017
He used BTS’ Twitter account to promote the “Yummy” music video.
With a clear sweet spot for the “Yummy” artist, Jungkook leveraged BTS’ Twitter account — which boasts 27.4 million followers — to make his Belieber status even more public by sharing the music video with a few affirming emojis.
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) January 9, 2020
Jungkook covered Dan + Shay and Bieber’s “10,000 Hours.”
For another one of his famous covers, Jungkook took on Dan + Shay’s romantic hit with his syrupy sweet vocals, which they couldn’t get enough of. “Love this so much,” the country-pop duo replied on Twitter when BTS shared the cover with the caption “10000 Hours Repeat.” BTS collaborator Max also put his stamp of approval on Jungkook’s rendition.
10000 Hours Repeat💜https://t.co/K3qkYYZutj
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) July 28, 2020
— MAX (@MAXMusic) July 28, 2020
love this so much 💛
— Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) July 28, 2020
And Bieber showed all this love back when he wished Jungkook a happy birthday.
The Changes singer knows all too well how big of a Belieber the BTS member is. So when Jungkook’s 22nd birthday came around on Sept. 1 last year, Bieber sent his well wishes a day early. “Happy bday #JUNGKOOK . They ain’t ready 🙂 now watch this tweet go crazy,” he tweeted.
Happy bday #JUNGKOOK . They ain’t ready 🙂 now watch this tweet go crazy
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) August 31, 2019
The message sure went crazy with more than a million likes, but what does “they ain’t ready” mean? Could a collaboration between the two be in the works? Only time will tell.