Like all kpop idol groups, BTS has had its fair share of struggles. Of course, looking at them today, it’s hard to tell how deep the hardships of BTS ran. After all, they earned four Billboard number ones just last year.
BTS. Source: Bighit Entertainment
However, BTS members have spoken about their hardships and armies everywhere must extend their virtual support.
Talks of the BTS’s hardships have risen since Break The Silence (2020) came out. The movie was a tell-all from all BTS members.
We got to know just what the boys go through as they balance their personal lives, fame, and professional responsibilities. It takes a lot to be a kpop idol group, especially one as successful as BTS.
If you didn’t catch the movie, don’t worry. We’ve filtered out and listed the top 10 hardships of BTS the movie talked about.
Let’s take a look:
Top 10 inspiring struggles of BTS
What are the top 10 hardships of BTS? Let’s check them out.
10. Suga’s Loss of Privacy
At number 10, we have Suga’s struggle with privacy. Of course, if you’re as famous as BTS, it’s going to be a bit tricky to live normally.
Since the group’s debut in 2013, they’ve shattered multiple glass ceilings. They became the first kpop idol group to present and perform at the Grammys. They’ve gained millions in their fan
So, it’s understandable when Suga says he’s struggling with a lack of privacy. His group is the biggest kpop band in the world. Even going to the grocery store would be a struggle.
In Break The Silence, Episode 5, Suga says, “I’m really jealous of people who can go out to eat, travel, go to the movies with friends, and things like that.
“Those things are really special to me because I find them hard to do.”
9. J-Hope and The Pressure to Succeed
Next up is J-Hope’s struggle to succeed. Overall, most struggles of BTS are stimulated by external pressure.
However, as the biggest global kpop idol band, members of BTS have also expressed an internal drive to do better. If one album breaks records at the Billboard top 100, the next one has to do even better.
J-Hope, in particular, has struggled with this internal pressure. According to him, success changes people’s expectations and makes him feel like he has to work harder.
He Tweeted: “I was monitoring myself and practicing my dance for the first time in a while, and I'm feeling a lot of things...I'm really lacking still...I feel like I should work harder, so I'm tweeting a fighting tweet. Fighting, Hope!”
8. Suga’s Body Image Issues
Mostly, people associate body image issues with female kpop idols and celebrities. However, male kpop stars like BTS have it just as bad.
Being in the limelight, everyone is always commenting on how BTS members look. For Suga, the criticism has been especially distressing.
Again, in Break The Silence, Episode 5, he revealed his struggle with weight and body image.
“In the past, my body was quite large. People may not believe it but I had a really big frame so I worked really hard at exercising.
“After I hurt my shoulder, I went to the hospital and they told me not to exercise. I worked hard to stay worn out and tired.”
Understandably, this struggle has adversely impacted Suga’s self-esteem. Luckily, he’s learned to process these feelings in his art.
7. Jungkook and Mental Health
Jungkook is the youngest member of BTS and has been a trainee since age 14. Growing up in the industry, he’s spoken out many times about mental health.
Despite his own struggles, he’s maintained a steady concern for his member’s mental health.
“What pains me the most is my members being in pain. I don’t care about other things; I don’t want you all to be in pain. Then I won’t be in pain too.”
His concern for others makes him all the more lovable. However, his statement also highlights how just being in the limelight takes a toll.
Jungkook isn’t alone in his concern over mental health. Many experts have spoken about high depression rates in the music industry.
6. Jin’s Struggle to Maintain Friendships
In Break The Silence, Episode 3, Jin talks about how fame has changed his relationship with close friends.
According to him, it’s tough to maintain friendships and form new ones because of his responsibilities.
As he gains more success, he has more fans and more paparazzi stalking him. Therefore, it’s difficult for him to spend time with people as he would before getting famous.
“There’s a lot of pressure to meet up with people. I haven’t changed, but my friends find it difficult to be around me. It’s quite a shame to see them grow apart from me. I’ve lost a lot of people around me.”
All BTS members agree with this sentiment.
5. Jimin and Cyberbullying
All kpop idols and celebrities have to deal with internet trolls. However, due to the group’s unprecedented levels of fame, all BTS members must deal with a lot more cyberbullying and online hate.
Jimin, in particular, has spoken about dealing with online haters. Since his debut in 2013, Jimin has struggled with meeting the expectations of netizens.
From his weight to his singing abilities, he’s been criticized multiple times, which has affected his self-esteem.
Fortunately, though, he’s learned to ignore the hate. Over the years, he’s become a seasoned pro at handling online trolls. In 2015, he stated that he doesn’t care what others think anymore.
4. Jin Versus Ageists
Where Jungkook is the youngest BTS member, Jin is the oldest. Last year, he turned 28. When he started with the group, he was 21.
Many haters have called him ‘too old’ and an ‘irrelevant’ member of BTS. Of course, such comments are undoubtedly hurtful and Jin has said so on many occasions.
However, like his fellow members, Jin’s learned to deal with such comments more smartly.
Through his years in the industry, he’s become wiser and more knowledgeable. Therefore, he says he doesn’t pay attention to such talk anymore.
3. V’s Struggle With Grief
Another key hardship of BTS occurred when V lost his grandmother in 2016. Although fans around the world sent him virtual support, V had a hard time processing his grief.
As a megastar, he couldn’t join his family properly in their time of mourning. Moreover, he couldn’t take much time off because of his responsibilities as a kpop idol.
In an interview, he said, “I came from a poor family and I never thought I would become famous. [Being a kpop star] is a lucky chance that will only come once in a lifetime.
“If I wasn't in BTS, I would probably be a farmer. I'd be pulling out weeds from a farm with my grandmother.”
2. RM and His Parents
As the leader, RM has to deal with most of the group’s hate and pressure. Undoubtedly, navigating the role of a kpop leader has been difficult for him.
However, his main struggle happened as he joined the group in 2010. According to Insider, he’s the first member to join BTS.
At the time, he didn’t have a support system because his parents didn’t approve of his career choices. Like many other Asian parents, they wanted him to choose a more stable path.
Luckily, they came around pretty quickly and now fully encourage their son to live his dream.
1. All of Them Being Separated From Their Families
Lastly, one struggle all BTS members know is being separated from their families. Most BTS members have been part of the group since their early teen years.
During this time, they’ve lived, trained, and traveled together. However, doing so has caused them to be separated from their families for long periods.
In an interview with I-Land, J-Hope said that the toughest part about being an idol was being away from his parents.
He said: “I miss my parents. I’m worried about my sister’s health. But I know I need to focus on my debut.”
In the same interview, other members also expressed their struggle with being away from their loved ones.
In sum, these were the top 10 hardships of BTS throughout their career. It’s inspiring how they’ve overcome these hardships to become the superstars they are today.
All kpop idols know the struggles that come with being famous. However, Suga, Jin, Jimin, V, Jungkook, J-Hope, and RM set outstanding examples on how to deal with fame and idol duties.
With this article, we hope you know more about our beloved BTS members. By sharing their struggles, they’ve become more relatable and humanistic.
As struggle is a part of life, they’ll undoubtedly see more in the future. However, all Army members can trust that they’ll see through their hardships with wisdom and grace.