Just a couple of weeks away from BTS' album release, it has been announced that SUGA may not join the rest of the group in promoting their new record, BE.
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In an official statement released by Big Hit Entertainment, the agency revealed that BTS member SUGA will be "unable to participate in most official activities so that he may fully focus on his recovery" following the rapper's recent shoulder surgery.
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The rapper, songwriter, and producer has apparently been suffering from a dislocated shoulder since before BTS' debut in 2012 and has been dealing with episodes of severe pain for most of his career. He shared the incident with the group in an episode of the BTS docu-series, Burn The Stage, where he said: "I hurt my shoulder working as a delivery boy. I was delivering [papers] when I was hit. I got drawn under the car. The next day, I couldn't move my shoulder. Because it fell out."
RM reacted with surprise, saying "I had no idea what 'holding on to my frozen shoulder' meant," referring to the lyrics of 'The Last,' an Agust D track.
According to the statement, the symptoms have reportedly been getting worse and started to affect his daily life. Suga mentioned he had a "shoulder problem" during their record-breaking MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E concert last September, but quickly assured ARMYs that he was alright.
SUGA went in for surgery on 3 November and has since been steadily recovering. However, it is in the interest of the artist's health and wellness that he takes continued rest and undergoes a strict period of recovery, following his physician's advice.
"Please understand this time as being my chance to prepare to meet you again strong and healthy, and even if I must be away for a short while please wait for me to come back to you," said SUGA shared via an official statement released by Big Hit Entertainment.
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On Friday (11/06), SUGA went on Weverse to give ARMYs an update on how he's doing. He revealed that he tried not to do surgery as much as possible, but was recommended by several doctors to undergo the procedure to make sure the injury doesn't get worse. He also assured fans that he would be back soon, and sent his thanks to everyone concerned for his health and wellbeing.
Check out the message he wrote via Weverse below.
공지가 나가고 많은 분들이 걱정을 해주셔서 죄송하고 정말 감사합니다..!
정말 다행히 수술은 잘 되었고요. 지금 상태는 통증이 있지만 마음은 상당히 후련한 상태입니다. 업이 무대를 하는 사람인지라 재활과 주사로 최대한 수술만은 안 하려고 버텨봤는데 무대만 서면 다시 상태가 악화되는 상황이 계속 반복되니 저도 두렵더라고요. 그래서 네 곳의 병원 중 세 곳의 병원에서 이 정도 상태면 수술을 하는 게 좋겠다 하셔서 진행하게 되었습니다.. (진짜 고민 많이 했어요..!) 아무쪼록 당분간 스케줄을 함께 하지 못해 멤버들에게도 미안하고 아미 여러분들께도 죄송합니다. 저도 많이 아쉽네요… 최대한 빠른 회복을 위해 잠시 떨어져 있지만 금방 다시 돌아오겠습니다. 그리 길진 않을 거예요! 다시 한번 죄송하고 감사합니다 아미!
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Earlier this year, Suga made history by becoming the first Korean solo artist to top the single and album iTunes charts in over 100 countries for '대취타 (Daechwita)' and his second mixtape D-2.
BTS' new album BE is slated for release on November 20 (12 AM EST/ 2 PM KST/ 1 PM PHT/SGT).
#BTS #방탄소년단 #BTS_BE Concept Clip (Mirror ver.) pic.twitter.com/aJFdEjL7yY— BigHit Entertainment (@BigHitEnt) October 31, 2020
#BTS #방탄소년단 #BTS_BE Concept Photo - 슈가 (SUGA)— BigHit Entertainment (@BigHitEnt) November 6, 2020
🎧 https://t.co/kMXBLFN3ST#Curated_by_BTS #SUGA #슈가 pic.twitter.com/kffvHjmO7f
The group will be performing the album's title track 'Life Goes On', alongside their Billboard Hot 100 hit 'Dynamite' at the 2020 American Music Awards this November, as well as the Mnet Asian Music Awards in December.