The members of the successful South Korean band BTS announced their temporary separation on Tuesday, after completing nine years of musical career.

In a video celebrating the group’s anniversary, an annual event dubbed BTS FESTA, the famous performers stated that they decided to focus on individual projects for a while.

The band thanked their fans and urged them to view this decision as a necessary step. “I hope you don’t think about this in a negative way and see it as a very healthy plan. It’s okay to be apart for a while. Then we can be stronger as BTS,” said one of its members, J-Hope.