The BTS fandom, famously named Army, is in upheaval over the news of lead rapper Suga’s (Min Yoongi) shoulder surgery on November 3rd. Maybe you have heard of them – BTS, or Bangtan Sonyeondan, is currently the biggest boyband in the world. Hailing from South Korea, BTS has carved their way into the limelight with their charming smiles, electric dance moves, catchy songs and their uplifting messages to the global youth. They have proven they are here to stay with their constant chart-topping – their newest song, Dynamite, started its reign in the Billboard Top 100 at No. 30 on its August 21st debut. It has consistently climbed the rankings since its drop eleven weeks ago: the hit song sits pretty at number 9, giving BTS their fourth consecutive win as Top Social Artist at the 2020 Billboard Music Award.
Suga’s Incessant Shoulder Pain
This sparked a lot of excitement for BTS’ return to the stage when COVID-19 allows for in-person gatherings again. This excitement has been dampened by the sudden news of beloved member Suga’s (Min Yoongi) much-needed shoulder surgery. He was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder in 2013 and has suffered from severe shoulder pain in his daily life for years. Many fans know that Suga’s shoulder pain was caused by a nearly fatal motorcycle accident during Suga’s job as a food delivery person. He concealed the truth and told all the members he fell down the stairs. He has revealed on several times what really happened, and he has since been candid about the difficult injury.
On November 3rd, Suga underwent a shoulder surgery that would repair his torn shoulder labrum, hopefully alleviating that pain for the adored rapper and producer. Despite therapeutic efforts and treatments, the shoulder injury has been a major inconvenience for Suga since debut. The tear has debilitated his performance in BTS’ high-energy choreography and caused anxiety for Suga’s upcoming, mandatory military service.
It was time for the surgery, to say the least.
“Suga has long suffered from shoulder-related health issues,” Big Hit Entertainment shared. “Shoulder pains continued until he was further diagnosed in 2019 with ‘posterior labral tear of his left shoulder’, which means that the cartilage around his left shoulder joint has been torn… Suga also felt that it was important for him to restore himself to good health to prepare for his mandatory military service as well as his post-service musical career. After extensive discussion with the company, the decision was made to undergo the surgical procedure.”
In BTS’ most recent concert, the famed distance-performance MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E, the rapper was struggling badly with his shoulder.
Thankfully, the surgery went great!
Suga Reaches Out to His Concerned Fans
Big Hit Entertainment, the entertainment company that founded and manages BTS, updated the dedicated fandom on Suga’s post-surgery health: Yoongi is recovering well and due for some strict, much needed rest and recovery.
Min Yoongi himself reached out to his loving fans on Big Hit’s artist to fan mobile app, Weverse:
“Hello, this is Suga. After the announcement, many people were worried and so I’m sorry and really grateful! Thankfully, the surgery went well… I tried to avoid the surgery as much as I could and endured with rehabilitation and shots. However, I was afraid because it kept getting worse again whenever I’d perform… After three out of four hospitals said that it would be good to do the surgery considering my condition, I had the surgery… (I really agonized over it a lot..!)… I’ll be away for a bit so that I can recover as soon as possible, but I’ll be back soon. It won’t be that long! Once again, I’m sorry and thank you, ARMY!”
If that didn’t bring a tear to your eye… One of the reasons BTS has cultivated such a devoted fanbase is their shared appreciation and devotion to their fanbase.
One can only imagine the droves of well-wishes Suga is receiving from his fans at this time – especially since BTS is slated to “perform” at the American Music Awards on November 22nd. Unfortunately, Yoongi won’t be in attendance with his fellow members. Suga Stans will most likely be found crying into their computers without their BTS bias in attendance.
Park Jimin, one of the main vocalists in BTS, also reached out to their fans after Suga’s surgery. On his Vlive livestream:
“Suga wanted to do something before things get bad because he wanted to be with you for a very long time. That’s why he made the decision to have the procedure now, early.”
Unfortunately, BTS has a history of neglecting their health to try and put on the best performance for their fans possible. However, Jimin has promised fans that the members have been prioritizing their health, and they are in good health. It’s a relief to hear that Suga has taken the decision into his own hands before the choice was taken from him.
V, or Kim Taehyung, BTS’ other main vocalist has also reached out to Army on Weverse. He commented on a fan post that his fellow member is resting well, and that Suga says he loves his fans and that Army’s worry will make him feel worse. We hope that the fan recovers well from being reached out to by Taehyung personally.
Naturally, because of BTS’ huge success, the hashtag #GetWellYoongi trended on Twitter as soon as fans heard the news.
“Wait… Yoongi went live before his surgery to play the guitar for us bc he knew he wouldn’t be able to after i’m crying” Twitter user @Snuggleskoo shared after the news dropped. We’re crying, too.
What Does This Mean for BTS’ and Suga’s Future?
BTS fans are accustomed to their favorite members being absent from certain performances: during their 2018 global tour, both Park Jimin and Jeong Jungkook had to miss performances due to respective illnesses and injuries. However, the future for Suga is rather unknown. BTS has been churning out promotion images for their newest upcoming album, BE. It will be their fifth full length album, it is practically completed, and it looks like the promotion and subsequent (hopefully 🤞) full-length tour tentatively scheduled for next year will be Suga-less.
Everyone, BTS included, is hoping for Suga’s speedy recovery. However, the Mic Drop rapper has been confirmed by Big Hit to be absent from the current schedule of their impending comeback.
“Suga will be unable to participate in most official activities so that he may fully focus on his recovery… It may be difficult for Suga to meet his long-awaited fans for some time, including for the upcoming BTS BE album promotional activities. We apologise to every fan who has waited patiently to meet Suga again, and we ask for your generous and loving understanding.”
Suga asks that his fans “wait” for him to “come back” to them. BTS’ lovely fans will surely wait for him and more in preparation for his grand return to the stage. It is now up to BTS to carry the weight of their comeback, hopefully to a physical crowd, on only six shoulders instead of seven. In the background, we all know that Yoongi will be cheering on his fellow members as hard as every single one of us. Here’s wishing for Suga’s safe, healthy and happy recovery from his surgery! #GetWellYoongi 💜