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Could BTS bombshell see the house it built crumble?


Could BTS bombshell see the house it built crumble?

Members of the Korean band are going solo and things are not looking good for the billionaire behind them

Yoojung Lee

It was supposed to be a day of celebration, not heartbreak, for the seven-member Korean pop sensation BTS and its legions of fans across the globe.

In many ways, the group had never been riding higher heading into its annual “Festa”. In just two months, they performed for more than 200,000 people in Las Vegas, visited the White House dressed in their black-tie best and released an album, Proof, memorialising the megahits that have racked up tens of billions of views and made their backers a fortune.

For more than half an hour the pop stars ate, drank, bantered and reminisced around a table framed by dozens of purple balloons. After being teased about looking sleepy, J-Hope, the group’s versatile rapper, dancer and singer, who just days earlier made history by being named a headliner at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival, dropped the bombshell: all seven are going solo...

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