Following BTS’s dazzling American Music Awards performance last night, the boy band is on the cover of Esquire’s winter issue. Jungkook, V, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope, RM, and Suga gave a real lesson in menswear, wearing long coats, colorful sweaters, and impeccably tailored suits for the shoot.
The group’s latest studio album Be debuted on Friday and was created in response to life and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I don’t think this album will have any songs that criticize social issues,” RM told Esquire. “Everybody is going through very trying times right now. So I don’t think there will be any songs that will be that aggressive.”
Although the boys had to cancel their tour and promotion for Be, we have quarantine to thank for their lead single and Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper ‘Dynamite.’ “‘Dynamite’ wouldn’t be here if there was no COVID-19,” RM explained. “For this song, we wanted to go easy and simple and positive. Not some, like, deep vibes or shadows. We just wanted to go easy.”
Right now, the group is happy spending time together rehearsing and patiently awaiting the day they can perform again for fans. Their tight friendship has only grown stronger during the pandemic. “Jimin has a particular passion for the stage and really thinks about performance, and in that sense, there are many things to learn from him,” J-Hope said. “Despite all the things he has accomplished, he still tries his best and brings something new to the table, and I really want to applaud him for that.”
But they do have their moments. When asked who fights the most among the band members, Suga, Jimin, and V point to Jungkook and Jin. “It all starts as a joke, but then it gets serious,” Jimin explained.
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