BTS Speech: Speak Yourself
Watch this famous BTS Speech. To help launch the United Nations’ Generation Unlimited, an education, and employment program for young people, K-pop supergroup BTS, also known as The Bangtan Boys gave a speech about empowerment and love. BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed by Big Hit Entertainment in 2013. The name became a backronym for Beyond the Scene in July 2017. Enjoy our Speeches with big English subtitles and keep your English learning journey.
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“If you want to love others, I think you should love yourself first.” RM | BTS
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“Thank you, Mr. Secretary General, UNICEF Executive Director, Excellencies and distinguished guests from across the world.
My name is Kim Nam Jun, also known as RM, the leader of the group BTS.
It’s an incredible honor to be invited to an occasion of such significance for today’s young generation. Last November, BTS launched the LOVE MYSELF campaign with UNICEF building on our belief that true love first begins with loving myself. We’ve been partnering with UNICEF’s end violence program to protect children and young people all over the world from violence. And, our fans have become a major part of this campaign with their action and their enthusiasm. We truly have the best fans in the world.
I’d like to begin by talking about myself. I was born in Ilsan, a city near Seoul, South Korea. It is a really beautiful place with a lake, hills, and even an annual flower festival. I spent a very happy childhood there and I was judged as an ordinary boy. I used to look up at the night sky and I used to dream the dreams of a boy. I used to imagine that I was a super hero who could save the world.
In an intro to one of our early albums there’s a line that says, “My heart stopped when I was maybe nine or ten.” Looking back, I think that’s when I began to worry about what other people thought of me and started seeing myself in their eyes. I stopped looking up at the night skies, the stars. I stopped daydreaming. Instead, I just tried to jam myself into the molds that other people made. Soon, I began to shut out my own voice and started to listen to the voices of others. No one called out my name and neither did I. My heart stopped and my eyes closed shut.
And so, like this I, we, all lost our names. We became like ghosts. But, I had one thing and that was music. There was a small voice inside of me that said, “Wake up, man, and listen to yourself.” But, it took me quite a long time to hear music calling my real name. Even after making the decision to join BTS, there were a lot of hurdles. Some people might not believe it, but most people thought we were hopeless. And, sometimes, I just wanted to quit. But, I think I was very lucky that I didn’t give it all up. And, I’m sure that I and we will keep stumbling and falling like this.
BTS has become artists performing in those huge stadiums, and we’re selling millions of albums right now. But, I am still an ordinary 24-year-old guy. If there’s anything that I’ve achieved it was only possible that I have my other BTS members right by my side, and because of the love and support that our ARMY fans all over the world made for us. And, maybe I made a mistake yesterday. But, yesterday’s me is still me. Today, I am who I am with all of my faults and my mistakes. Tomorrow, I might be a tiny bit wiser, and that would be me too. These faults and mistakes are what I am, making up the brightest stars in the constellation of my life.
I have come to love myself for who I am, for who I was, and for who I hope to become.
I would like to say one last thing. After releasing our “Love Yourself” albums, and launching the Love Myself campaign, we started to hear remarkable stories from our fans all over the world—how our message helped them overcome their hardships in life and to start loving themselves. Those stories constantly remind us of our responsibility. So, let’s all take one more step. We have learned to love ourselves, so now I urge you to speak yourself.
I would like to ask all of you, “What is your name?” What excites you and makes your heartbeat? Tell me your story. I want to hear your voice. I want to hear your conviction–no matter who you are or where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity. Just speak yourself. Find your name and find your voice by speaking yourself.
I’m Kim Nam-joon and also RM of BTS. I am an idol and I am an artist from a small town in Korea. Like most people I’ve made many and plenty mistakes in my life. I have many faults and I have many more fears, but I am going to embrace myself as hard as I can. And, I am starting to love myself gradually, little by little.
What is your name? Speak yourself.
Thank you very much.”
RM | BTS