Words by Hannah Angelique Bacani
“I have come to love myself for who I am, for who I was, and for who I hope to become.”
We usually see them singing and dancing on stage at concerts, but last September 24, KPop group BTS moved the hearts of many with their speech delivered at the United Nations.
BTS partnered with UNICEF for the launch of Generation Unlimited, “a global partnership that aims to ensure that every young person is in education, learning, training or employment by 2030.”
Accompanied by members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, BTS’ leader RM delivered his speech where he shared his own struggles as a young artist and the hardships of BTS when they were starting. “Some people might not believe it but most people thought we were hopeless. And sometimes I just wanted to quit.”
RM also recounted how their ‘Love Yourself’ album and ‘Love Myself’ campaign have helped others to overcome their struggles and to learn to love themselves. He encouraged everyone to love themselves, then speak themselves.
“No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity, just speak yourself.”
Watch BTS’ full speech here, courtesy of UNICEF:
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