Fans thought the situation was strange from the start.
On January 5, KST, several Korean news outlets wrote about BTS RM‘s recent trip to the Hwaeomsa Temple on Mount Jirisan.
Even though he posted pictures from the visit on his Instagram, fans were surprised to see that media outlets were quoting the temple’s chief monk, who had spent some time talking to RM about his personal affairs.
The most interesting parts of the articles were that RM has been giving 500 bags a year to Good World Charity Bank, a children’s aid organization run by Venerable Deokmun, the head of the Hwaeomsa Temple, and that he talked to monk Deokmun about his enlistment when monk Deokmun directly asked RM about BTS‘s expectations for getting out of the military.
The news spread all over the internet, and while fans praised RM for his sincere charity work, many also wondered if his private conversation with the monk was being broadcast without his permission.
A few hours later, RM posted several Instagram stories that seemed to show that he didn’t like what was going on.
In the first story, he posted a screenshot of the article with a caption saying that he didn’t expect articles to be written about this topic.
In the next story, he said that the next time he went to a temple, he would go to a different temple to keep his visit quiet. This was followed by another story with the hashtag “lowkey must be lowkey.”
“Next time I’ll make a quiet visit to a different temple…” —RM via Instagram
Fans also noticed that he took down all of the posts on Instagram that had photos from his trip to the temple.
All of these things make it clear to ARMYs that the media violated RM‘s privacy, and neither the conversation nor Jin‘s enlistment date announcement are things that RM wanted to be made public.
Since then, the artist’s fans have shown their support by asking that his privacy be respected.
Fans have also been careful to remind each other not to take out their anger on the temple or religion itself.