The South Korean band BTS, which has fueled the global K-pop craze, is taking a break as a group to work on solo projects.

RM, a band member who celebrated its founding at the group's annual Festa Dinner on Tuesday, 

said BTS needed to explore its own work without the consistent recording and performance it needed.

"The problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don't give you time to mature.

You have to keep producing music and doing anything," RM sat down at a table with six of his fellow band members. Speaking in Korean.

BTS launched in June 2013 and has become a global sensation with hilarious hits...

and social campaigns aimed at empowering youth. The band released their new album Proof on Friday.

Last year, BTS became the first Asian band to win Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards.

The group met with US President Joe Biden at the White House in May to discuss hate crimes targeting Asians.