Over the last seven years, fans watched Jungkook grow up from a 15-year-old rookie to a 23-year-old superstar.

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His BTS members were by his side each step of the way, and they have playfully taken credit for “raising” him.

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Jungkook’s solo songs “Begin” and “My Time” were both inspired by his life story, specifically his friendship with BTS and his youth in the spotlight.

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Jungkook performing “My Time”.

In a new interview, Rolling Stone India asked Jungkook, “How did growing up in the limelight with your members make you the individual you are today, and how do you hope it shapes the person you become even 10, 20 or 30 years from now?”

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“The members are the ones who taught me to never settle and influenced me to always improve and move forward,” Jungkook answered. “I think the time spent with them has steadily shaped my personality, singing, dancing, and filmmaking.”

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ARMY’s love turned Jungkook’s dreams into an extraordinary reality, but the ordinary moments with his members are what shaped his identity. They are his past, present, and future.

Of course ARMY has given me the most, but the simplest things such as talking, performing on stage, eating meals, recording music, that I have shared with the members make me who I am today. I think they will continue to play a huge role moving forward as well.

— Jungkook

For more from this interview, read about Jin‘s prediction here, and BTS’s dark sides below:

BTS’s Jin, RM, And J-Hope Open Up About Their “Dark Sides”