BTS youngest member Jungkook blames himself for suffering a foot injury before the bands London gig – an accident that required him to get stitches.
Jungkook held a live broadcast on Naver V Live Wednesday morning from his hotel room after finishing the first day of BTSs Love Yourself stint in Berlin, Germany, to let fans know that there were a lot of things going on in his mind that he needed to tell them.
Lots of things have happened lately. I had a lot on my mind. If I dont speak out about the things in my mind, I thought I would keep feeling uncomfortable, he said.
On 9 October, before BTS kicked off their European tour in London, Big Hit Entertainment announced that Jungkook injured his foot in the waiting room after the concert rehearsal and soundcheck.
Jungkook was stretching when he collided with floor furnishings and suffered an injury to his heel.
The day I got hurt, my parents were there in Europe. I was in a very good condition from the morning that day. I thought this concert would be successful, he said.
He added: Because I was so energetic from morning, I felt like the day might be the best day of my life.
Then after finishing the rehearsal and I was about to take a shower, trying to warm up my throat and my body before I took a shower, I was exercising. I was stretching my body when I bumped against something as I tried to warm up too hard, he said.
At first when I hit my heel on something, you know that feeling, right? When you hit your little toe on the corner of a door or chair, do you know the pain? It was more painful than that.
He said he didnt know that he was hurt badly, saying: I thought it was not that serious. But my wound was quite deep.
Jungkook said he immediately thought about what would happen at the concert given his injury.
I couldnt help but think emotionally. It was our first concert in Europe so I thought I should be on stage even after I got hurt. I was trying to be on that stage no matter what. But we had other concerts left from then on, he said.
Jungkook powered through at the London concert at the O2 Arena, but he sat on a chair and did not perform any choreography with his bandmates.
I wasnt dancing but other members were. I was so out of my mind on the first day (of the concert). I couldnt focus. I regretted it so much. I blamed myself. Why did I do that? Why did I warm up? he said.
He said if only he was wearing shoes at the time, it could have prevented the injury.
Unable to perform with other members, Jungkook became emotional and cried on stage. This happened, he said, when they were doing the encore and singing So What and Anpanman.
I suddenly felt so sad so I burst into tears. Even at that moment, I was embarrassed about myself because even if Im hurt or upset, no matter what happened to me, I shouldnt have shown it on stage. But I could not control my feelings, he explained.
Jungkook said he felt sorry for the fans who attended the London gigs.
I wanted to say Im sorry. I really want to come back again. I promised myself that I would perform better than the last concert, he said.
After getting injured, he had time to himself and the Golden Maknae meditated to work through his feelings.
After experiencing this, I realised I should grow up. I was opportunity for me to grow up, Jungkook said.
BTS will be performing again tonight at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin and will end their European leg in Paris on 19 and 20 October.
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