BTS: V Called His Dad When He Wanted to Quit Being a Trainee

Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook debuted as BTS in 2013. On March 24, the septet appeared on tvN’s You Quiz on the Block. The band members were interviewed by Yoo Jae-suk and Jo Se-ho on the talk show. During the episode of You Quiz on the Block, V revealed that he once called his father when he considered quitting as a trainee.

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V of BTS told a story about his experience as a trainee

While BTS debuted in 2013, Big Hit Entertainment began forming the group in 2010. On You Quiz on the Block, the BTS members discussed their lives as trainees.

“At first, it was sad when one of the trainees had to leave. But later I got used to it. I often said, ‘Are you going?’ and then, ‘Come visit sometime,'” V said according to Soompi.

V continued, “The hardest part was when I wasn’t able to see my parents often. Even when they came up from Geojedo to see me, I could only see them for half an hour. It was really hard then. But later I became used to that too.”

The BTS singer then shared that at one point he considered quitting being a trainee sometime before BTS debuted. While at a crossroads, V decided to call his father.

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“When trainee life became too much, I called my dad in tears and said that I wanted to give up. My dad replied, ‘If it’s too hard, you can quit. There are lots of other jobs, so let’s find something else,'” said V. “I was at a loss for words. I became embarrassed that I’d even said the words out loud. After some time passed, I realized how moving my father’s words were.”

What the BTS members remember about being trainees

V was not the only BTS member to reflect about the trainee period during You Quiz on the Block.

“There were a lot of trainees then. About 30 people passed through the Nonhyeon-dong dorm at some point. Seven of those people became who we are now,” RM said according to Soompi.

“It was really tough when all of us shared a single room,” J-Hope said about the experience.

Jungkook shared, “I was the youngest. I had to wait for the others to fall asleep before I could shower. I used the top bunk and I had to be really careful not to make noise.”

Of the seven BTS members, Jimin was the last to join the label as a trainee, which he feels contributed to some pressure.

“I was the latest of the members to arrive as a trainee. I went in with such high hopes. But when I went to the dorm, there were shoes all the way to the kitchen,” said Jimin. “I wasn’t in the dorm with the status of a ‘BTS member,’ and I didn’t live in Seoul, so I was always apprehensive about when I’d have to leave.”

BTS shared details about their careers

Since debuting in 2013, BTS have broken countless records, been nominated for a Grammy Award, achieved multiple No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and become one of the biggest music acts in the world.

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Despite their massive success, the member originally did not have their sights set that high.

“When something you never wished for comes true, there’s a huge sense of pressure,” Suga said according to Soompi. “Idols don’t have long careers, so I thought that I would stop being an idol after achieving things like getting No. 1 on music shows and holding a solo concert.”