Suga Reveals The Heartbreaking Story Behind BTS’s “Outro: Tear”

After learning its backstory, you’ll never hear “Outro: Tear” the same way again.

Every BTS song has a story, and the one for “Outro: Tear” is making everybody, well, tear up.

In Episode 6 of their Break The Silence docuseries, BTS once again brought up the uncomfortable topic of retirement and disbanding, musing about what will happen after they’ve taken their final bow.

Back at the beginning of 2018, the members struggled with pressure and stress to the point where they contemplated going their separate ways. Instead, they pushed through and achieved what would be their most successful year yet.

We had a hard time mentally during the beginning of this year. While talking with each other, we even thought about disbanding.

— Jin

“Outro: Tear” is the final track on BTS’s 2018 album, Love Yourself: Answer, performed by the rap line (SugaJ-Hope, and RM).

It pairs a powerful beat with heartbreaking lyrics to creating a blood-pumping anthem about shedding tears while being torn apart.

Goodbye to me is T.E.A.R
Because things like tears are a luxury
Such a thing as a beautiful goodbye
Won’t exist, so please start now

— Suga, “Outro: Tear”

Suga revealed that “Outro: Tear” was dedicated to his members and inspired by BTS’s almost-disbandment.

The lyrics for “Tear” were written for the members. When I was writing the melody, at the time, we  were deeply contemplating whether we should quit or not. When I played the song for the members, we all cried together.

— Suga

After hearing the bittersweet inspiration behind “Tear”, fans will never hear it the same way again.

For more, find out what BTS had to say about having to “let go” someday.

BTS Opens Up About Retiring And “Letting Go” When The Time Comes