BTS’s Jungkook gave an unfiltered perspective of his relationship with ARMYs during a recent interview.
The BTS member is gearing up to grace the covers of Dazed UK, becoming the first K-Pop act in history to achieve the feat.
Ahead of the release of the Autumn 2023 issue featuring Jungkook, Dazed released a story excerpt from the pictorial, where the BTS member talked about various topics, including his current relationship with ARMYs.
Jungkook’s affection for his fans has never been a secret. He spends good chunks of his days hanging out with ARMYs on livestreams, always mentions them in every achievement, and even has their name tattooed on his knuckles. But over the last few months, the issue of some fans invading his privacy has become a big issue in the BTS fandom. Jungkook himself has called out stalkers through live broadcasts and Weverse posts, although with extreme politeness. With the repeated breach of his privacy in recent times, ARMYs have been anxious about Jungkook losing his trust in fans. But the singer had something else to say about his dynamic with them.
Jungkook has said multiple times to respect his privacy and that he is a human too but no some of you think disrespecting his words will fulfil your yn fantasies, leave him alone !! pic.twitter.com/FahRIPpMEh
— K⁷ ʟᴀʏᴏ(ꪜ)ᴇʀ (@tksovers) September 7, 2023
jungkook has openly asked us to treat him like a human being and yet some of y’all will deliberately disobey that. find some boundaries, I BEG. bts are not our friends, respect their privacy when asked if you genuinely have any sort of fucking care for them. this is just sick.
— jꪜn⁷ (@bananaskook) September 7, 2023
The singer said he doesn’t “mind at all” when fans tell him not to stay up late or drink too much because he recognizes that they all come from a place of deep interest in him. “It’s not a complicated relationship,” said Jungkook, explaining that he views his relationship with fans as an easygoing one, where both parties can be honest with each other. That is the reason why he can firmly ask them to back off if fans turn up at private places, following him.
It’s not a complicated relationship. I talk to them freely and they can talk to me freely.
— Jungkook, Dazed UK
While Jungkook said he doesn’t mind what fans tell him to do, he asserted that, ultimately, it is up to him whether or not to listen.
It’s my choice to listen to them or not. If they say something inappropriate, it’s also my choice, my freedom, to take that in and accept it or to ignore it.
— Jungkook, Dazed UK
ARMYs couldn’t praise Jungkook enough for his healthy outlook towards this artist-fan relationship and expressed admiration for his mature mindset.
I wonder if he knows how impressive it is, to simply, kindly, and firmly draw that line. Open but sure of himself. Listening, but making his own choices. It’s just so SOLID. https://t.co/5Zxs7f4faP
— a poem for born singers 방탄소년단 (@brightlycrying) September 12, 2023
the way jungkook handles and embraces a relationship with a mass of people is actually amazing like. not many can be as genuinely loving of their fans while also acknowledging the flaws some people will bring to a fandom like him https://t.co/dTcNb7Azfp
— lo(v)e ⋆｡˚⋆⁷ (@_koohbear) September 12, 2023
hes hot for this https://t.co/NzAZD8PdfJ
— lex⁷ | HAPPY JOONIE DAY 🐨💙 (@clr_changeysoup) September 12, 2023
it speaks to a level of maturity that's hard earned and… rare. humankind is emotional and unreasonable and we let hurt twist us up, but in the midst of the pressure & scrutiny jungkooks lived through since he was a child, he's really emerged a diamond. decisive and pure,
— town person ꪜ ⁷ | joonie day (@anotherunperson) September 12, 2023