On October 29, the Bangtan Boys wrapped up their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour in Seoul. The tour, which they kicked off back in May at the Rose Bowl in L.A. as a continuation of their 2018 Love Yourself World Tour, came to a close with a three-night, sold-out stop at Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium congregating 130,000 ARMYs.
To close off their Love Yourself trilogy series for good — and as is tradition in all their concerts — the seven members ended their final stop on the tour concert with emotional speeches and leader RM made things a lot more heart-wrenching for the extra special date.
For the previous dates in Seoul, RM, whose real name is Kim Namjoon, shed light on the power of emotional check-ins and the importance of loving yourself and not succumbing to unrealistic beauty standards. But for the very final stop, he reminisced about BTS’s journey with ARMY, sparking all the tears.
“If I think about it, it’s the last verse of ‘Reflection’ which I released in 2016 — ‘I wish I could love myself’ — I had thought about it continuously since then. To ‘love myself’; what on earth does it mean to love myself? And so I thought because I don’t know either, wouldn’t it be good to search for it together?” the Mono rapper told the audience, according to a fan translation from Do You Bangtan. “So, while the concept of LOVE YOURSELF: SPEAK YOURSELF finishes here, since the journey, the road, of finding how to love ourselves doesn’t finish here, in the future too, let’s hold hands as we are now, and be together as we work out how to love ourselves.”
“Once this era ends, I would like it if Kim Namjoon could be Kim Namjoon, if Bangtan could be Bangtan, and that each and every one of you […] could be yourselves too. Please know this. Thanks to you all, I have been able to live until now. Please believe me. In the future, too, I hope that even one word of ours, one line of lyrics, could be a help for you to love yourselves. In the future, too, whatever [concept] we return with, let’s try to enjoy ourselves together,” Namjoon continued per the translation. “It’d be good if there was a better word than ‘love’, but truly, I love you. Please know that.” And, welp, if you need me, I’ll be crying until at least 2020.
Despite his efforts not to, Namjoon couldn’t help but shed some tears himself during his ending ment — making ARMYs worldwide collectively break down. “I have never seen namjoon cry like that ….. this era was as special for him as it was for us, we helped each other through these years and we will forever hold hands together,” an ARMY wrote on Twitter after watching RM talk.
“Seeing namjoon cry really breaks my heart. he’s usually reserved, he observes, but today it felt like he exploded, all emotions, thoughts, feelings came down to him all at once. thank you namjoon, thank you for sharing this with us. thank you for everything,” someone else pointed out. “I’ve never seen namjoon cry like this. it hits so different. i love him so much and i hope he knows how many lives he’s changed, how many lives he’s saved, and how many people love him. he deserves beyond the world,” another ARMY added.
Following RM’s poignant words, the members proceeded to sing the tour farewell, “Mikrokosmos,” with teary eyes — and who can blame them?
An era might have just ended but ARMYs — old and new — are forever grateful this planet has Namjoon and already looking forward to Bangtan’s next chapter. We might need a few weeks to recover, but who’s ready for their performance at the 2019 Jingle Ball?
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