BTS’ J-Hope on Working With Chris Martin of Coldplay: ‘He Earned All of Our Respect’

ARMYs have been manifesting this collaboration for several years. Following BTS’ 2021 single “Butter,” this K-pop group teamed up with Coldplay for their song “My Universe.” Here’s what J-Hope said about his experience meeting Chris Martin.

BTS and Coldplay collaborated on the 2021 release ‘My Universe’

J-Hope of BTS attends a press conference for BTS's new digital single 'Butter'
J-Hope of BTS attends a press conference for BTS’s new digital single ‘Butter’ | The Chosunilbo JNS/Imazins via Getty Images

BTS went from covering “Fix You” during their MTV Unplugged segment to hanging out with Martin and the other members of Coldplay. In 2021, Coldplay featured this award-winning K-pop group on Music of the Spheres — specifically, the track “My Universe.”

Thanks to behind-the-scenes videos posted to YouTube, fans saw these artists write and record “My Universe” together, with Martin even complimenting the singing skills of members like Jungkook. 

BTS even appeared in an extraterrestrial-themed music video for “My Universe,” posted to YouTube in 2021. Months later, the artists reunited at the American Music Awards, performing their single. 

Even when BTS had their Permission to Dance on Stage concerts in Los Angeles, Martin was sure to make an appearance. As a result, several BTS members commented on the positive experience working with the “Sky Full of Stars” singer.

BTS’ J-Hope reflected on creating ‘My Universe’ with Chris Martin

As one of BTS’ songwriters, dancers, and rappers, J-Hope commented on his experience working with Coldplay. When it came to his favorite memory, the “Chicken Noodle Soup” artist couldn’t pick just one. 

“There were so many memorable moments,” J-Hope said during an interview with GQ Magazine. “I mean, we’re talking about Coldplay here! They left an impression on us from the first moment we met. I know we try to be a positive influence, but Coldplay seems to go beyond that.” 

BTS is also a band known for its philanthropic endeavors, including the members’ work with the United Nations. The K-pop group also created the “Love Myself” campaign with UNICEF and donated to the Black Lives Matter movement. Martin himself made a big impression on J-Hope. 

“Chris Martin is very passionate about putting his thoughts into action,” J-Hope added. “He earned all of our respect. And he cares about many issues, everything from the environment to what he faces in his daily life. I felt inspired to be the same.”

V also shared another meaning to this single, revealing that the track aims to unify BTS and their fan base, known as ARMYs.

Chris Martin of Coldplay gifted BTS’ Jin his guitar

Other BTS members shared their thoughts on this experience, including V, who was called “a second Chris Martin” by the other members of Coldplay. Jin, who commented on how much he liked Martin’s guitar, was gifted the instrument. 

This also wouldn’t be BTS’ first collaboration of 2021, as Megan Thee Stallion appeared on a remix of the chart-topping single “Butter.” In the past, BTS collaborated with Halsey, Sia, and even had Ed Sheeran as a songwriter.

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