NEW YORK • BTS lead singer Kim Nam-jun grew up in Ilsan, South Korea, imagining he was a superhero till self-doubt settled in at age 9 or 10.
“I think that was when I began to worry about what other people thought of me and started seeing myself though their eyes,” he mentioned.
“I tried to jam myself into the moulds that other people made.”
That revelation got here when he and his bandmates introduced their star energy to the United Nations on Monday, telling the world’s youth to hearken to their inside voices and resist the strain to adapt.
“No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin colour, your gender identity, just speak yourself,” Kim informed a packed corridor on the launch of a Unicef youth marketing campaign.
Dubbed Generation Unlimited, the marketing campaign to advertise schooling, coaching and employment kicked off through the annual gathering of world leaders on the United Nations.
Wearing business fits and ties, the septet joined UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and Rwandan President Paul Kagame for the event.
Kim mentioned there have been instances when he wished to give up music, however he overcame his insecurities by listening to the “small voice that said, ‘wake up man and listen to yourself'”.
“I have many faults and I have many more fears, but I am going to embrace myself as hard as I can and I’m starting to love myself,” he mentioned.
BTS made historical past this yr by changing into the primary Okay-pop group to high the Billboard album chart.
“BTS have become artists performing in huge stadiums and selling millions of records right now, but I am still an ordinary 24-year-old guy,” mentioned Kim.
“We have learnt to love ourselves, so now, I urge you to ‘speak yourself’.”