Kim Seok-Jin, simply known as “Jin” from the South Korean Boyband BTS has so many fans worried that he is no longer in the group. One member of the BTS Army noticed that if you type in “BTS band members” on Google, all of the other members appear aside from Jin. What is the truth?
One outraged fan voiced her opinion on Twitter saying “I’m actually really angry. Google fix this because Jin will ALWAYS be a member. No matter where he is. He is apart of BTS and nothing will change that.”
Why Did Google Take Down Jin’s Profile?
The BTS Army quickly realized that Jin’s picture was missing when Google decided to take it down. Theories began swirling about why this happened since he never formally announced any sort of departure from the group.
One Twitter user suggested that people paid Google to take down Jin’s picture to try and cause disunity within BTS. In the screenshots that were posted along with the tweet, at the time, Google only recognized six members of the group.
Another member of the BTS Army said that “antis” or people that want to see the demise of the group reported Jin so many times that his picture was removed.
His Profile Has Since Been Put Back Up But Not Without Questions
However, it was since put back up. But one other thing about this whole situation is pretty interesting and it’s worth doing some digging on your own. Ok, let’s all go onto Google and do a quick Google search. In the search bar, type “BTS band members.” You will notice that while Jin’s name still appears, all of his credentials are gone. For all of the other members, it says what role they play in the band, but for him it only says that he has been in the band since 2013. This is super sketchy, but it could just be trolls like everyone assumes.
This was just so surreal for the Army because in one interview, the group all agreed that Jin would be the first one to leave if there was ever a time where they disband. This is because military service for male citizens in South Korean is highly likely. Men from the ages of 18 and 28 do 21 months of mandatory service in the army. Since Jin is the oldest of the group, he would obviously the first to go off and join the army as he just turned 28 which is the prime age.
Will Any Exemptions Be Made For BTS?
Exemptions to mandatory military service are extremely rare and Park Yang-Woo, the country’s Culture Minister said that all seven members would not be exempt. Fans hope that they will all get to serve together so that the group can go back to making music after their service is finished.
Still, there has been no official announcement from the band about Jin’s military service, nor him leaving the group. So if you’re a part of the BTS Army, this might just be a case of some antis trying to cause some drama.