At least one BTS member is standing by the group’s decision to perform in Saudi Arabia.
The K-pop group taking the world by storm are set to perform at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 11.
BTS’ Jimin explained the plan to perform despite Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud being implicated in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “To put it simply, if there’s a place where people want to see us, we’ll go there,” said Jimin. “That’s really how we feel.”
BTS manager Bang Si-Hyuk also addressed the group fulfilling their mandatory military service in South Korea: “The company believes military service is a duty, and we will try to show the fans the best of BTS until, and after, the members have fulfilled their service duties.”
Rumours are swirling about the group’s breakup but popular member RM pays them no mind.
“I’m just a young man who likes to watch ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix and loves to eat and drink beer,” RM says. “But I turn on CNN and BBC and they’re talking about our vacation. It feels like we’re living in a different world.”
Following their Saudi Arabia performance, BTS will perform three shows at Olympic Stadium in Seoul between Oct. 26 and Oct. 29.