Its hard to imagine BTS without J-Hope, RM, Suga, Jimin, Jin, V or Jungkook.
But the line-up of the K-pop band was almost very different.
On the bands YouTube Red series Burn The Stage, J-Hope revealed that he almost didnt debut with BTS, but returned when RM convinced their agency Big Hit Entertainment that they couldnt do it without him.
Speaking on the show, J-Hope, real name Jung Ho-seok, reflected on Jungkook crying when he told him he was leaving the band.
He said: I remember how Jungkook cried when I decided to leave, with Jimin adding: You said youre leaving and hugged Jungkook and cried together.
And J-Hope may have never returned, where it not for group leader RM.
RM, real name Kim Nam-joon, said: We wouldnt have made it if you left. I can say this now, but I talked to the guys. I told them we needed Jung Ho-seok.
We need Jung Ho-seok, we cant make it without him. I tried really hard to convince them.
I dont want to think what would have happened without them.
And the boys were the reason J-Hope returned to what would become K-pops biggest boyband.
The 24-year-old said: I came back because I trusted you guys. We worked together for a long time… its because the members were there.
Fast forward a few years, and BTS are taking the US by storm, with the Mic Drop hitmakers in the running to take home their second Billboard Music Awards Top Social Artist Award.
The group will be performing their new single FAKE_LOVE at the Las Vegas awards show on 20 May – their first time performing at the awards.
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