Heading into their fifth year this year, the group has gone through a series of disbandment rumors every time the members came out with solos or unit activities.
Idols are notoriously known for the ‘five-year-jinx’ - Seo Taiji and Kids disbanding after three years and nine months, H.O.T. broke apart after four years and five months, S.E.S. after five years, and g.o.d. after five years as well.
Daesung, who participated in the special through a phone call, explained, “There were honestly a lot of moments where we were at risk of disbanding, especially with our recent album. We fought a lot while preparing for it, since all of us had gone through solos or units, and now had to deal with differences in opinions.”
Taeyang continued, “After about four years, we all delved into separate activities that made us think on separate paths. The amount of time we spent meeting up became less and less, and I felt that we were growing distant. When CEO Yang Hyun Suk told us that we weren’t like we used to be, we wondered if we had lost our rookie mindset.”
T.O.P. stated, “We were also upset with the rumors that people were making up and the one-sided way they were viewing us.”
When asked about how they were going to overcome these obstacles and become a long-term group, the members revealed that they would not be focusing on money and popularity, and that they’d be protecting their rights of belief, hope, and private lives.
Daesung concluded, “Since we’re like family, I hope that we’ll remain as good brothers for a long, long time as a group.”
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