BTS's surprise comeback trailer for their upcoming album Map of the Soul: Persona on Wednesday has inspired fans of the K-pop supergroup to share their personal stories of overcoming hardships.
The video features rapper RM, also known as Kim Namjoon, who references the challenges of being in the spotlight and the personal struggles he and the band have had to overcome.
Thousands of tweets have rolled in from members of the self-titled BTS Army with before and after pictures, and stories sharing their past insecurities and how they've learned to love themselves.
Many fans attributed their glow-ups to the band and were also grateful to RM for sharing his personal hardships in the song. A few also wanted to point out the band's own growth over the years.
Within five days of pre-orders being opened online, the Persona album has amassed more than 2.6 million copies ordered internationally. Looks like BTS are in for another record-breaking year!
2013 vs 2019— Abigail (@OneGaill) March 28, 2019
When I started dancing, I was super shy and didn't feel like I fit well in the dance community, but now I am heading into my last year of dance before graduating knowing that the closest bond I have is with my dance family#PersonaChallenge @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/bPqtTd9hH3
From a scared, anxious, aimless teen who thought I would never amount to anything in life, to a competent, happy, confident woman who has plans and won't let anxiety get in the way again. I'm not perfect, but I think if past me saw me now, she'd cry in relief. #PersonaChallenge pic.twitter.com/IysZg1IpRm— My Giant Animated Namjoon (@OT7orDEATH) March 28, 2019
when I was 16 I was diagnosed with epilepsy it was hard for me. I had to be home schooled I was even bullied and always down on myself TYSM BTS for everything— Taehyung (@itspeachytae) March 28, 2019
I LOVE MYSELF
2013 vs 2019 pic.twitter.com/vNtWKJPdUk
(((thank you puberty)))— ryo (@susugay) March 28, 2019
time by time i realise the more i am myself the more i am confident, and nowadays i'm trying to totally accept myself the way i am which is hard but i believe it's not impossible #PersonaChallenge pic.twitter.com/lOkzs11i0I
2013: seven boys from south korea debuted with the same dream w/o a single clue of the things they’d achieve.— agatha ˣ (@BTSSBEDS) March 28, 2019
2019: those seven boys have grown up to be the seven members of the best band in the world.
the only #PersonaChallenge that matters pic.twitter.com/FIPhGZnwm4