Pioneering gay K-pop star Holland tells his fans he has a boyfriend

Holland. (YouTube/HOLLAND)

The K-pop star Holland has revealed he’s currently in a relationship, and fans are absolutely ecstatic.

Holland, real name Go Tae-seob, has been open about his sexuality since the start of his career, releasing his first track in 2018 under the name “first gay K-pop idol”.

The singer revealed during a live stream with fans on Thursday (March 24) that he is currently seeing someone special, but he didn’t give many details about his new partner.

The singer was asked by fans in chat during the live stream about his relationship and indeed has “a boyfriend now”. Holland repeated the happy news with a smile, cheekily adding “damn” at the end.

“He’s very handsome and nice, tall,” Holland said, describing her boyfriend to fans.

The singer, who is about to make his acting debut in the queer drama series the ocean loves me, did not give fans a name or photo of her boyfriend. But he confirmed to fans that her boyfriend is a “normal person” and not a celebrity, actor, idol or involved in the entertainment industry at all.

A fan asked the K-pop singer how much he loves her boyfriend, and he replied, “I want to marry her.”

Holland posted a short snippet of his live stream on all of his social media profiles, telling everyone bluntly “so…I have a boyfriend”.

Needless to say, K-pop fans were absolutely thrilled to hear the happy news and wished her the best in her new relationship.

Holland is one of the few openly LGBT+ celebrities in South Korea.

South Korea does not ban homosexuality, but the LGBT+ community faces legal challenges and discrimination in the country.

Same-sex marriage is not legal and it is illegal for gay men to openly serve in the military, says Equalindex. There is no ban on conversion therapy in South Korea, and there are no adoption rights for same-sex couples in the country.

However, some celebrities have come out to the LGBT+ community in recent years. TV host and chef Hong Seok Cheon was the first major South Korean star to come out as gay in 2000.

He recalled in an interview with Time that clerics protested in front of TV stations after he came out publicly and demanded that he be fired from his job. Hong said it was “terrifying” to have to walk through the crowds “every time I had to go to work at the station”.

As a result, he said, “broadcasting companies wouldn’t work with me.”

In 2020, trotting singer Kwon Do Woon came out as gay and hoped to “continue to represent the LGBTQ community” through his work. He also credited Hong with giving him the “courage” to live his truth.

Another K-pop singer Som Hein came out as bisexual in 2019, and the rapper Thomas Aquinas shared with fans that he is bisexual in a social media post last year.

The lionesses, who claim to be the K-pop’s “first openly LGBT+ boy group”debuted in November with a beautifully colorful music video to their debut track “Show Me Your Pride.”

Singer and actor Harisu is one of South Korea’s most famous trans stars. Last year, Harisu said she received hateful comments online and said she ultimately didn’t. “suffer damage” transphobic online trolls.

She added that she is “legally a woman so there’s nothing to be gained by telling me I’m not a woman”, and that she won’t be “shaken by a few words” on social media.

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