BTS: Jimin Thinks He ‘Had to Pretend a Lot’ in the Past

The members of BTS are known for being open and honest with fans. While Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook keep their personal lives private, they are as transparent as possible with ARMY about their life experiences. In a recent interview with Weverse Magazine, Jimin of BTS shared his thoughts about growing up in the spotlight, and he admitted that he used “to pretend a lot” while around others.

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Jimin of BTS says he used ‘to pretend a lot’ around others

BTS debuted in 2013, and the band sells out stadiums around the world, has multiple No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and has won countless awards. In the interview with Weverse Magazine, Jimin was asked about how he felt about his past given BTS’ steady success.

“I only realized it recently, but I used to be really unstable. I was acting like I was well-grounded when I was around other people, like my family and friends. It meant I had to pretend a lot. I worried about others by saying things like, I’m fine, but how are you? I spoke like I could always take care of anything that came up, but looking back, that wasn’t the case,” Jimin shared.

He continued, “I’m still young, and because I’m making a lot of money at a young age, I end up wondering what money and success ultimately mean. Because I’m young, I hear a lot of people talk, and some people can be jealous or envious. But there’s a lot of people I have to repay and a lot of relationships I need to hang onto. I thought I could take care of all these problems, but looking back, that wasn’t the case. It hasn’t been very long since I realized that I was the one to grab on and forced everything to happen.”

The BTS singer has learned how to ‘let go’

Speaking with Weverse Magazine, Jimin expanded on the emotions he felt over the past few years. The BTS singer admitted that nowadays, he is able to process and “let go of” what he is feeling.

“I was just being headstrong, you know,” Jimin told Weverse Magazine. “Now I think I didn’t have to go quite that far, and as times went by, I started to think, Oh, I’m glad I can think about this now so I can let things that I should let go of, go.”

He added, “When I couldn’t let things go, my resentment kept growing. My pain, too. Rather than admit I had those feelings at that time, I’d say there were emotions in different situations that I came to unconsciously accept, and I started to feel like I could see how much of a hard time I was having after some time passed.”

Jimin joked he does not want to ‘be an adult’

In his interview with Weverse Magazine, Jimin shared that he brought up how he felt with his parents. With their guidance, Jimin felt his perspective on life shift.


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“So finally I shared what I was feeling with them, and my mom and dad talked to me like they were my life coaches,” he said. “After coming out of that whole period, even when I do similar things, I can tell my mind has changed a lot. If I was more focused on my surroundings before, now I’m able to focus on myself as well.”

The BTS singer also joked that he does not enjoy the process of becoming “an adult,” saying, “My mom told me it means I’m growing up, and that I’m finally becoming an adult. So I said, I don’t wanna be an adult—it’s too hard. (laughs).”