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BTS asks for privacy as they take extended break

Reuters, SEOUL

BTS members perform on ABC television’s Good Morning America show in New York City’s Central Park on May 15.

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South Korean boy band BTS will take their first long holiday in six years after a series of global hits, their managers said, asking fans to respect the band’s privacy if they see them in “a chance encounter.”

The band, which has led a wave of South Korean pop music, crowned their global reach with three No. 1 albums on the Billboard chart in less than a year, a Grammy nomination this year and concerts from Los Angeles to Paris.

The seven members will take their first extended vacation since the band’s debut in 2013, managers Big Hit Entertainment said on Sunday.

“This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentless[ly] driven themselves toward their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators,” it said.

Big Hit did not say how long BTS would be on holiday.

The band’s Web site said their next world tour concert is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 11.

“Should you have a chance encounter with a member of BTS while they are on vacation, we ask that you show consideration for their need to rest and enjoy their private time off,” Big Hit said.

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