While BTS members and ARMY struggle through Jin’s absence, the band’s leader RM (born Kim-Namjoon) addressed Jin’s departure, the inevitable military enlistment, the permanence of the members tattoos and what it means for their brotherhood.
Speaking to KBS News, RM talked about the last message Jin had for all of them, “Jin didn’t talk much. I think he had a lot on his mind, and when we went to the [training grounds], he said like the eldest member he is, ‘I’ll be back safely. I’ll let you know how it is after experiencing it first. What I told him was to please look after his health, he is so strong to show his strength, to do as he always does–quietly and peacefully without any accidents. I cheered for him that way.”
RM also said, “A lot has happened until now, both as a group and individually, and it feels as if a chapter has passed. It was a moment that had to come, and since it was a moment we waited for, it really felt like we were experiencing the turning of a page in [the life of] BTS. I have complicated feelings, but I am calm and confident Jin is doing well in training and I am waiting with a calm and cool heart.”