It’s easy to forget that Love Yourself: Answer represents the end of an era for BTS — an era that’s arguably brought the group their most significant success. To commemorate the moment, RM took some time to recap the many series the group has created up until this point, and to talk about Love Yourself‘s place in the larger BTS canon.

“Five years ago, in our debut, we talked about schools,” RM said. “We talked about schools with three albums. And then we talked about youth with three albums. And then, folks grow up, right? We’re not going to school anymore, and our attitude to life changed a little bit. What we could talk about now, and the story the world needed most was love.”

So the idea for the group’s record-breaking series was born out of this admittedly “very abstract” idea of love. “Many people mistake love with being in love, falling in love. Young people fall in love very easily,” RM said. “But if somebody doesn’t love themselves, then they can love nobody.”

From there, the group and their creative team conceptualized a four-part series — three albums and one video — about love, loss, and acceptance. “We’ve been doing [the Love Yourself series] for two years and a half, so it’s really risky… Thanks to our fans — they reacted to us, they felt us, and they told us that they came to love themselves even a little more thanks to this album.”

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