There’s no doubt that the Bangtan Boys know how to splurge, but not only do they treat themselves with their millions, they shell out for their loved ones too – including their mums and dads, of course.
So what sort of relationships do the boys have with their parents, and what gifts have they presented over the years to express their love and thanks? Here are some of the most memorable ones …
Jungkook: a Mercedes-Benz
Jungkook might be the group’s maknae – which means youngest member in Korean – but he can definitely pick out great gifts. According to Channel Korea, Jungkook bought his parents a Mercedes-Benz in 2018.
Although Jungkook has never spoken about the gift himself, fans figure that since he has his own black Benz – which he’s posed next to in photos – he could easily have decided to gift his parents one too.
J-Hope: a box filled with cash
J-Hope is known for being a good son who’s constantly showing his love for his family – he even described it in his solo song Mama. And on Mother’s Day in 2020, a post by his sister Jung Ji-woo caught fans’ eyes – a photo of a flower box filled with one million Korean won (US$880) in cash. She captioned the photo, “special gift for parents prepared with my son” – “son” being her nickname for J-Hope.
Jin: a luxury flat
BTS has an impressive real estate portfolio – but some properties aren’t for themselves.
According to GMA Network, in April 2020, only a short while before Mother’s Day, Jin gave his parents full ownership of a US$3.4 million flat in Hannam The Hill – one of the most expensive complexes in South Korea.
He bought the property in October 2019 under both his name and his parents’, then transferred his 35 per cent ownership to them less than a year later.
Hannam The Hill is home to many celebrities including singer Lee Seung-chul and actors Han Hyo-joo and Choo Ja-hyun.
V: a song
Any BTS fan will be familiar with V’s close relationship with his father. He once called his dad “his role model” during a V-live session.
During KBS’ 2021 Special Talk Show – Let’s BTS, when hosts asked what sweet things BTS members did for their parents, V answered that he recently gave them many 50,00o won (about US$45) bills. But he gave his dad an even sweeter gift in 2019 by composing a song for him.
Speaking about the song during a V-live with Jungkook in January, he said he was so excited about his gift that he was unable to wait until Parents’ Day – celebrated on May 8 in Korea – and gave it to his father a bit earlier instead. V called the gift a success; the lyrics apparently had such an impact on V’s dad that he cried a little due to how touched he was.
RM: his credit card
During the same programme, RM revealed that he lets his parents use his credit card – not as personal as a song, perhaps, but near-unlimited money has to be convenient indeed.