K-pop group BTS recently graced the cover of Billboard magazine. In their interview, the members of the group talked about their mission to spread mental health awareness.
Suga, 24, said that he understands everyone in the world is lonely and sad. This is why it is important to create an environment where people know that they can ask for help without being judged.
RM, 23, talked about Kim Jong-Hyun's suicide in December of last year and said that he was gravely affected by what happened to the singer. RM was especially surprised by the fact that Kim was very successful in the music industry and yet he took his own life.
"Honestly, from our standpoint, every day is stressful for our generation. It's hard to get a job, it's harder to attend college now more than ever... Adults need to create policies that can facilitate that overall social change," said RM.
Kim's suicide note was later on made public, and he said that he was broken from the inside.
While it may take a long time to accomplish their mission of spreading mental health awareness, BTS members are already applying what they learned amongst themselves. Suga said that when there are conflicts within the group, they immediately talk about it.
"So if Hope and Jin fight, it's not just the two of them that resolve it," said Jungkook.
RM added that the group gathers and asks both parties involved what really happened.
BTS Talks About LGBT Rights
Other than spreading mental health awareness, BTS also talked about the group's support for the LGBT community. RM said that he especially loves the song "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis because the title of the song suggests that all kinds of love are the same.
Suga does not have any problems with gay marriage either. He believes that all types of marriages are equal.
Who Is BTS?
BTS or the Bangtan Boys is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed by Big Hit Entertainment. The group debuted in 2013 with their song "No More Dream" from their 2 Cool 4 Skool album. Bang Si-Hyuk, the founder and CEO of Big Hit, said that some people initially doubted his ability to make the group successful.
Bang wanted to put together a group that is similar to Migos years ago, but when he heard RM's demo tape in 2010, he immediately signed him. Three years later, BTS was formed.
"RM is extremely self-reflective, sophisticated and philosophical, considering his age," said Bang.