KUALA LUMPUR: This year has been one filled with milestones for K-Pop giant BTS. And it’s only fitting that the seven-member outfit expresses its gratitude to its legion of loyal fans around the world.
According to Koreaboo, the popular music outfit showed off some humour and the tight bond among its members at a recent interview during the 2018 KBS Gayo Daechukje.
V was quick to praise fans for a very good year. He said: “You worked hard this year. Make the most of the days left (of 2018) and give flowers to your parents!”
Suga added a sweet message by saying, “It’s very cold, isn’t it? Make sure you don’t catch a cold. We’ll see you next year too.”
When asked if the idols had something they wanted to thank their own members for, BTS leader RM offered a playful answer.
He said: “I don’t have a lot to say, but guys, thank you for being alive, for breathing, for being born. Thank you, BTS.”
Jungkook then complimented RM for his kind words and also thanked the others for taking care of him.
He said: “I’m the youngest of the group, right? So I sometimes grumble a lot but thank you for putting up with that. And thank you for leading me in the right direction.”
The other six members jokingly replied with, “I’m glad you know,” and patted Jungkook’s back as he bowed to them.
A question about BTS’ New Year-wish for 2019 saw J-Hope giving a heartfelt answer directed to the group’s fans, dubbed Army.
“BTS’s 2019 New Year’s wish is to be healthy, both physically and mentally, in order to give you the best performances. Everyone, take care of your health!” he said enthusiastically.
Koreaboo also reported that fans have continued to carry out meaningful endeavours in conjunction with V, who will turn 23 tomorrow.
To celebrate his birthday, V’s fans had banded together to raise money online to help Korean children who are battling cancer.
These caring fans, which included some from around the world, had pitched in from Dec 13 to 25 to raise a total of 6 million KRW (over RM22,000).
The money was then donated to the Korean Association for Children with Leukemia and Cancer (KACLC).
A statement from the association read: “We are very thankful for the people who put together this meaningful donation to help children with cancer and their families, as a way to celebrate V’s birthday. Many of the children love BTS; this donation will be a gift that brings them a lot of joy.”
Apparently, other fans had also decided to donate to the World Wildlife Fund to adopt a tiger in conjunction with celebrating V’s birthday.
On another note, fans also get appreciation from family members of the idols. According to Soompi, Jungkook, recently uploaded a pencil-drawn portrait that his father had done of him on Twitter.
He captioned it with: “My father has prepared a gift for Army. My talent level is only 1 per cent of my dad’s. I love you Army and my dad loves Army too.”
Jungkook’s brother is well-known within the fan base too. He frequently shares his hilarious illustrations of BTS members on Instagram and occasionally posts funny animated videos of the idols on YouTube as well.