BTS’ Jungkook quits Instagram with 51 million followers: ‘I just deleted it, don’t worry’


Jungkook bids farewell to Instagram. Photo: Handout

Jungkook of K-pop supergroup BTS assured fans it was he who deleted his Instagram account, not a hacker.

The BTS member confirmed that he deactivated his account, @jungkook.97, on fan community platform Weverse on Tuesday, Feb. 28, saying he just doesn’t use the photo-sharing platform anymore.

“I’ve left Instagram, it’s not hacked. I didn’t use it so I just deleted it. Don’t worry,” he wrote.

Jungkook opened his own account in December 2021 at the same time as his bandmates. His account had more than 51 million followers as of last week. He was the second Korean celebrity to log 50 million followers on the platform, following bandmate V.

Upon opening his account, he went by the username @abcdefghilmnopqrstuvwxyz which caught the attention of K-pop fans. He changed it to @jungkook.97 in March 2022, which sent fans into “mourning”, according to music platform Billboard.

Jungkook debuted as the maknae (or youngest member), main vocalist, centre, and lead dancer of the boy group in June 2013.

Separately, the music video for BTS’ hit song Life Goes On logged 500 million views on YouTube on Saturday. It is the septet’s 16th to reach that milestone.

Life Goes On fronted its 2020 special album Be and landed atop Billboard’s Hot 100. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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