BTS has sat down with former British boyband heartthrob, Ronan Keating and sparked a lot of excitement from fans around the world.
The meeting took place in a segment of The One Show on BBC, albeit virtually. It was one for the books as BTS is currently the hottest group in the world and Keating was once part of one of the biggest boyband acts of the last millennium.
In the 1990s, Keating led Boyzone, the British pop group, and churned hits like "When You Say Nothing at All," "No Matter What" and "I Love The Way You Love Me." Boyzone, however, was more known for their ballads and love songs than for their danceable singles.
Keating's meeting with BTS comes as he used to be in hot water with the BTS ARMY for his comments about the South Korean musical act. In 2019, Keating advised the Bangtan boys to "walk away" from their talent agency if there are plans on making another boy group.
The British singer revealed that when Boyzone's manager decided to from another singing group, as an offshoot to their band's success, Boyzone's popularity dwindled. That second band turned out to be Westlife with Robbie Williams, which did surpass the achievements of Keating's band. He warned BTS that they could end up with the same fate.
However, the ARMY had been upset with Keating because he failed to do research about the band's agency, HYBE. The company manages more than one band under their wing, such as TXT and ENHYPEN, which have had their own successes on the music charts. The company is in the middle of finding the next group to handle and turn into big stars.
Meanwhile, Keating's chat with BTS has been a wonderful moment as he got some help from some of BTS's British fans. One ARMY asked the boys how they are coping with their mental health during the pandemic.
BTS members Suga and Jimin said that they have been doing runs and have been working out to enhance their mood and to sleep better. For Suga, exercising also helps him relieve the stress from work since the band has been keeping up with their dance training, recording and other work in South Korea.
Their appearance on The One Show follows their big win at the Billboard Music Awards. BTS won three trophies: Best Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, and the fan-favorite award, Top Social Artist.
BTS also performed their new song "Butter" at the awards show for the very first time on television. They granted the interview with Keating to promote the song as well.