There is no certain age or occupation when it comes to being a K-Pop fan, and ARMY have just demonstrated that in a big way.
Recently, a single tweet set off the discussion of what it truly means to be a K-Pop fan including how age and occupation do not affect a persons’ ability to be a fan.
Imagine young fans staying up all night —working together with millions of other young kids around the world— for a single goal and purpose. Young kids being passionate about something and spending time becoming really, really damn good at doing it. That’s really cool. (1/5) https://t.co/1fK0JtYy7I
— Koreaboo (@Koreaboo) April 14, 2019
ARMYs recently took to Twitter revealing that not all fans of K-Pop are “young fans”. In fact, when it comes to loving your favorite artists, age is just a number!
I just whant to know who told you guys that all kpop fans are kids I’m 28 years old and I have many friends my age and even older are a kpopers so…
— amina n (@amina17041992) April 14, 2019
This young fans age 37. I can still stream my fullest while take care of my 2 sons & husband. This is festival for ARMY all over the world. We are working together for the same goal. It’s not like we are doing it everyday. & this ‘festival’ makes me happy who are others to judge?
— Fina 피나💜Boy With Luv (@refinasetiani) April 14, 2019
Many ARMY have been sharing their own ages as well as their occupations to prove this fact. Each of their stories is as unique as they are and shows just how much they care about BTS.
I am 34, an Assistant Manager in a real estate company and still stayed late to stream the MV. Why? Because it’s giving me happiness to reach our goal. I think it’s better than doing drugs and being criminal.
— jm maniago (@jmmaniago) April 14, 2019
I’m 22, finishing 2nd year of my bechlors!! I stream while studying!! My timeline motivates me to study, stream and take care of my health!!
— BoyWithLuv 🔥// AD (@min_eminath) April 14, 2019
Yes I’m 30 a lawyer and I stream the MV so I’m here and I’m OK
— DEBBIE (@lalindafresita) April 14, 2019
It isn’t just through sharing their ages and occupations that ARMYs have shown how much they truly care about K-Pop and BTS. ARMYs have consistently shown the true spirit of BTS’s “Love Yourself” message by helping others. They’ve done everything from adopting wildlife in the name of the BTS members…
— Cali A.R.M.Ys (@cali_armys) July 10, 2018
To campaigning for water relief efforts on their anniversary!
Get ready to be #OneInAnARMY with our 4th campaign !
— One in an ARMY Charity Project🎂 (@OneInAnARMY) July 1, 2018
But it isn’t just ARMYs whose passion for K-Pop goes beyond age and occupation either. Many other K-Pop fans have expressed their love for the whole unique culture of K-Pop from how welcoming fans are…
I love seeing K-Pop fans support individual band members' projects! It's not always like that in western groups- people worry the group will break up because of solo projects. Just one of the many reasons K-Pop fans are the best 💜#RMXFallOutBoy pic.twitter.com/vrIfDe6CHd
— Carly Henderson (@carlyhenderson_) December 14, 2017
my favourite thing about k-pop fans is the way they magically appear to welcome new fans like fairy godmothers blessing a baby
— Amanda Yeo (@amandamyeo) April 14, 2019
To why K-Pop has become such a meaningful part of their lives.
my mom asked me why do I love K-Pop so much…
" It's because their music saved me when I'm so lost and it helped me to learn how to appreciate everything " I answered
— ai nu🍃 (@tiny_ainu) April 14, 2019
stanning old groups like infinite and exo teach me smth. the fans grow old along w their faves, we started to get busy w uni & work, know our priorities in life other than kpop. it doesnt mean our love for our faves ever get lesser. its same but we show it thru different way now+
— ㄱim donghyuㄴ (@attachyun) April 14, 2019
And as no two fans have the same age or the same occupation, there’s no doubt that each fan has a very special and heartfelt reason for loving K-Pop as much as their fellow fans!
I’m 27, an architect who went to one of the top unis in my country and spent nights working on papers and projects, while listening to kpop for 12 years now. Streaming won’t kill anyone, there are plenty of other habits that might damage your health.
— Mayumi (@MayTakai) April 14, 2019
Can you believe that i’m a mom with one son?! I can streaming as long as i want but i still can handle my son also my husband…being fangirl is just like my happy pil and antiaging care, that’s mean…it’s healthy as long you can handle and maintain it, just enjoy your life 💜
— Namjoon Noona (@friday20_) April 14, 2019