SEOUL: Suga, songwriter and rapper for K-pop sensation BTS, tested positive for the coronavirus after her return from personal concerts in the United States, the group’s management announced on Friday (December 24).
According to Bit Hit Music, Suga, 28, whose real name is Min Yoon-gi, contracted the virus on Friday during his self-quarantine when he returned home on Thursday.
He received his second COVID-19 vaccination in August, has not come into contact with any other member recently and has shown no symptoms, the company said.
“He currently manages self-sufficiency at home,” said a statement. “We see the artist’s health as our top priority and will do everything we can to support Suga in his speedy recovery.”
The band had “a number of personal engagements in the United States” after holding their first personal concerts in Los Angeles since the pandemic began.
Big Hit announced that BTS will be taking a break over the year-end holidays and preparing for a new concert and album.
Since its debut in 2013, BTS has led a global K-pop hype with catchy, upbeat music and dancing, as well as lyrics and social campaigns aimed at empowering young people.
In November, the group won the main prize as Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards for the first time and, among other things, won the best pop song for their summer hit Butter.
As the pandemic hit the world, BTS postponed its largest global tour to date, with nearly 40 concerts last year, then abandoned it by resorting to online shows.