BTS‘s Jungkook has hosted two of three official listening parties on Stationhead for his latest solo single, “3D,” featuring American rapper Jack Harlow.
In the two completed listening parties, the BTS maknae spent over an hour chatting with fans and answering ARMYS’ questions.
Throughout both livestreams, Jungkook earned attention for his candid responses, easily navigating uncomfortable netizen comments and situations with a maturity many praised.
Since the beginning of BTS’s “second chapter,” many have noticed more mature themes and concepts being explored by the members.
Jungkook specifically noted that he chose his solo debut single, “SEVEN,” to show a more mature side to ARMYs, expressing his excitement to deliver a “grown up” performance.
I thought I’d look so grown up if I performed [‘SEVEN’] on stage after coming back.
— BTS’s Jungkook
While many ARMYs are celebrating the members’ freedom of creative expression and their opportunities to try new concepts, there have been netizens who have had their concerns about the “mature” content being released by the group’s maknae, such as explicit lyrics and suggestive themes in the lyrics for “SEVEN” and “3D.”
Jungkook has coolly dismissed the criticism, confidently standing by his decision to take on new challenges, reminding people that he’s an adult now and no longer the 15-year-old who debuted in 2013.
[‘SEVEN’] wasn’t me trying to break away from my image. It was important for me to show how much I’ve grown as a solo artist through taking on new challenges.
— BTS’s Jungkook via DAZED
Jungkook again addressed concerns during his first Stationhead listening party, hilariously reminding netizens that he’s not uneducated in mature subject matters.
Guys, I’m not all that innocent. I’m not a holy pure person. Like, I know what I know. I mean, I’m 26 years old, now that my birthday’s passed.
— BTS’s Jungkook via Stationhead
When Jungkook said this at Stationhead 🔥
🐰: Everyone, I'm not very innocent and I'm 26 years old now! Isn't it strange to be innocent? I like alcohol, I play hard when I play and I work hard when I work.#JungKook_3D pic.twitter.com/d10J3zsXiL
— ⊹ ݊݊ ֶָ֢ Josselin ִ ࣪ ⋆ (@Polito_9795) October 1, 2023
He added that, as an adult, he also “likes alcohol, plays hard when [he] plays, and works hard when [he] works.”
ARMYs are praising his response to the criticism while expressing their disappointment that the BTS member has had to defend his solo projects on multiple occasions against those “policing” him.
jungkook: i’m not that innocent, everyone… i’m not, i know all the things i need to know and i’m 26 years old, isn't it strange if i’m innocent?
— Jiya⁷ (ꪜ ) ³ᴰ ᵇʸ ʲᵏ (@BTSTJ4SR) October 1, 2023
personally i think jungkook knows the difference between when we call him cute and baby vs those who literally treat him like an innocent child when he's not. there are certain people in this fandom he calls out for that, as he should, but yall need to stop policing him by now
— ree⁷ (@jkyoongs) October 1, 2023
🐰 im not very innocent everyone, i know everything, and im 26 years old now
YOU TELL THEM JUNGKOOK !!
— tani⁷ (@stopbeingdelulu) October 1, 2023
exactly! it's foolish of some people to think that a twenty-six-year-old-man would be entirely innocent
— jungkook admirer₇ (@dreamjeons) October 1, 2023
During his first “3D” Stationhead listening party, Jungkook also earned praise for his response to a hate comment.
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