The news comes a month after another K-pop megail, Lalisa Manoban, 24, of Blackpink, better known as Lisa, also tested positive for coronavirus. Other Blackpink members – Jennie, Jisoo and Rosé – tested negative for the virus, production company YG Entertainment said in an email statement last month.
Suga, the stage name of artist Min Yoon-gi, made his BTS debut in 2013. The Korean pop group, a multi-billion dollar act, is known for its dynamic dance moves, catchy lyrics and ardent dedicated fans.
In 2018, BTS became the first K-pop group to top the Billboard album chart, with “Love Yourself: Tear”. In September of this year, the group delivered a speech at UN headquarters in New York, promoting coronavirus vaccines and praising young people for their resilience during the pandemic.
Suga has come out for solo projects, sometimes performing as Agust D and as a commercial producer. In an interview with GQ Australia published this week, he said: “All three are me. Each of them occupies a third of myself and one does not reflect more on me than the other. I just give people a choice. “These three sides of myself are very different, so I’m giving people a choice to see me as they want to be.”
This week, Billboard charts reported that Suga and Juice WRLD, the stage name of artist Jarad A. Higgins, had the best-selling song in the United States with “Girl of My Dreams,” the first time a song by each of the artists hit number 1 in every chart, according to Yahoo News. Juice WRLD died in December 2019 and the song is part of the album after the death of the artist, “Fighting Demons”.
John Yoon contributed to reporting.