There’s no other way to spin it — BTS purples ARMY. Since the South Korean band debuted in June 2013, each member has poured their blood, sweat, and tears into their music, choreography, and overall performance to ensure the best experience for their fans. Now, as BTS premieres their Map of the Soul: 7 comeback, it’s still clear the septet — RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook — truly cares for the fandom. And these BTS quotes about ARMY from recent interviews prove just that.
1. V showers BTS fans with love on ‘The Late Late Show’
On Jan. 28, BTS stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden. The group performed “Black Swan” for the first time, unveiling incredible choreography. Then during the interview portion, Corden touched on the fans and asked the septet to deliver a message to ARMYs across the nation.
“We want ARMY to be happy through our music, and we will be there for you, with love,” V said.
2. Suga wants ARMY to understand this message from the new BTS album
When speaking with The Zach Sang Show in late January 2020, BTS delved into the Map of the Soul: 7 album ahead of the Feb. 21 release. Then when the South Korean band was asked what message they want to share with ARMY as they move into the new era, Suga had the perfect response.
“One message that penetrates the album as a whole is that you must face your inner shadows but resist becoming submerged into its depths,” Suga said. “You must face it and move on forward.”
3. Jimin explains why BTS works so hard on their performances
Later in The Zach Sang Show, the host touched on BTS’ choreography, as the group just debuted “Black Swan.” Sang also noted the band always appears effortless while performing and acknowledged how much hard work it takes to do so. Then Jimin shared what drives BTS to do their best every time.
“Whatever the song is, we practice hard to perfect the performance, because we know our fans will be seeing this,” Jimin said.
4. J-Hope reflects on the past seven years with ARMY
On Feb. 21, BTS appeared on MTV’s Fresh Out in New York City. The show’s host reminded viewers of ARMY’s devotion and compassion worldwide. Then he asked BTS to share a message with fans, giving J-Hope the time to shine.
“OK, ARMY. We have been together for seven years now,” J-Hope said. “We want you to know that you are special. Like I said before, you know for sure, that liking BTS was the best decision ever.”
5. RM says BTS and ARMY are one and the same
During a special interview with iHeartRadio in January, host JoJo Wright read out a comment from an ARMY, detailing BTS’ “triumph as legends.” RM then gave his initial reaction, which truly highlighted the significant role fans play in BTS’ success — and vice versa.
“Wherever you are, wherever we are… BTS and ARMY is the same word, right?” RM said. “It just sounds different, but I see the same word when we say BTS and ARMY. Please, let’s not doubt ourselves and let’s follow our dreams as much as we can. Thank you.”
6. Jin details why BTS tries their best to spread joy
On the morning of the big Map of the Soul: 7 release, BTS dropped by the Today Show. The septet took Rockefeller Plaza in New York and opened up about the new album. Then the hosts mentioned the positivity BTS and ARMY bring to the world and asked the group why this message is so important to them. Jin answered and echoed what we already know — they do it for the fans.
“It’s all because of ARMYs,” Jin said, as translated by RM. “They always give us positive energies.”
7. Jungkook thanks ARMY and previews what’s to come
At the end of the BTS Today Show segment, Jungkook had a final message to ARMY, bidding everyone adieu in New York. However, his remarks also reminded fans the band isn’t done yet. With the recent release of Map of the Soul: 7 and an epic tour on the way, BTS has plenty more to give.
“ARMY! Thank you for all the love,” Jungkook said. “We can’t [wait] to surprise ARMY with a great show and let’s get it!”