In a surprising revelation from the recently published book “Beyond the Story: 10 Year Record of BTS,” Suga, one of the members of global superstars BTS, has spoken about his hopes to become a licensed psychological therapist, aiming to provide support for future artists who may grapple with the same anxieties and struggles he has experienced.
The journey to success hasn’t always been smooth for Suga. He describes the constant fear and anxiety that came with the group’s soaring popularity as a “shadow” that had always haunted him. He openly confronts this fear in “Interlude: Shadow,” a deeply introspective song where he discusses his experiences with success and the accompanying inner turmoil.
Suga’s interest in psychology stems from a desire to better understand and express his emotions through music. He explains, “The big reason I studied psychology was that it’s very helpful for my music. There’s a lot to be gained from learning about the formal definitions of emotions.”
While still deeply committed to his musical journey, Suga reveals he has another dream: becoming a licensed psychological therapist. This aspiration, he says, is born out of a desire to help others in the industry who might experience similar struggles.
I have two dreams, and one is to be an old, white-haired man still standing onstage and playing his guitar and singing, and the other is to become a licensed psychological therapist.
— BTS’s Suga
Despite understanding the long journey and the time commitment required to obtain a license, Suga’s desire to help others signals his deep empathy and understanding of the emotional toll that the industry can sometimes take on artists.
“I looked it up and it takes a lot of time so it won’t be easy to begin right away, but I would really like to become licensed someday,” he shares, displaying a remarkable dedication to his aspirations and affirming that he has no plans to rest on his laurels in the near future.
The candidness with which Suga shares his ambitions is a testament to his thoughtful nature and dedication to growth, not just as an artist but as an individual as well. His aspiration to help others navigate the trials and tribulations of life in the limelight may be unexpected but it also is deeply inspiring.
Because I want to help the ones who come after me who do similar work as ours.
— BTS’s Suga
It is no surprise that Suga’s words have resonated with many fans worldwide, further cementing the strong bond between BTS and their dedicated ARMY. As he continues to make his mark in the music world, there is no doubt that whatever path Suga chooses to follow, his sincerity and desire to help others will continue to inspire fans and fellow artists alike.