BTS' RM opens up about the pressures of leadership in emotional video

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RM has opened up about the pressures he faces as the leader of BTS, admitting that there had been times when he felt he "would want to die."

Key points:

  • RM shared his struggles with the weight of leadership with fellow member Jimin in a candid conversation filmed prior to their enlistment last year.

  • He explained that the theme of his latest album, "Right Place, Wrong Person," highlighted feelings of being out of place.

  • The pressure to constantly be a "good role model" and do public speaking contributed to his being overwhelmed.

The details:

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  • RM and Jimin, along with other BTS members, are currently serving in the military, with a planned regrouping in 2025.

  • In a video posted on BTS's YouTube channel on Saturday, RM confided in Jimin about feeling like he had to speak and represent BTS perfectly. He described himself as an "unimportant 29-year-old," saying:

"I'm the one who says all the right things the nice things. I step up to represent the team. That's what I always do, and people expect me to make speeches and do interviews in English... But actually... I'm actually just an unimportant 29-year-old guy living in Korea... living a slightly different life from others."

  • While he understood his role as the group's leader, he had questioned his own identity and recalled moments of feeling like an outsider.

  • He also said he "would want to die" if he continued thinking about what others thought of them. He told Jimin:

"We just had to be conscientious and different. I love BTS because of our music. But if I kept caring about what everyone else thought... If I kept going like this, I just... I felt like I would want to die."

  • RM’s second solo album, "Right Place, Wrong Person," released on May 25, explores themes of alienation and the struggles of fame. A song titled "Groin" directly addresses his frustration with external pressures.

  • He said he felt sorry for himself for never relaxing for the past 10 years, telling Jimin:

"Seeing myself like that for the first time I thought 'Why was I so intense for the past ten years?' I never relaxed. Whether on stage or behind the scenes I was always intense, on edge and always wary about everything. I felt sorry for myself seeing that. So, because of that, I wanted to turn off the switch for a while."

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