Holland (singer)

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Birth name Go Tae-seob
Born (1996-03-04) March 4, 1996 (age 22)
South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2018–present
Labels Holland Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 고태섭
Revised Romanization Go Tae-seob
McCune–Reischauer Ko T'aesŏp

Go Tae-seob[1] (Hangul고태섭; born March 4, 1996), professionally known as Holland (Hangul홀랜드), is a South Korean pop singer. He is known as "the first openly gay K-pop idol."[2]


Holland first released his debut song, "Neverland", on January 22, 2018. Within the first 20 hours of its release, it accumulated over 1 million views.[3] In the video, it shows him and his male counterpart kissing. The video received a 19+ rating in South Korea.[2]

He returned on June 6 with his next single, "I'm Not Afraid". The music video also received a 19+ rating, but it was soon after removed.[4] His third single, "I'm So Afraid", was released on July 17. On September 6, Holland launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund his first mini-album. He raised $40,000 in the first 24 hours.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Holland is known as "the first openly gay K-pop idol."[2] He has said that his influence in his music is due to him being bullied in middle school.[6] He is a student of Seoul Institute of Arts.[7]



Title Year Peak chart
Sales Album
"Neverland" 2018 N/A Non-album singles
"I'm Not Afraid"
"I'm So Afraid"

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Neverland" 2018 Seonjin Lee
"I'm Not Afraid" Downy Jung
"I'm So Afraid"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result Ref.
2018 Holland Dazed 100 Won [9]


  1. ^ Ryu, In-ha (2018-02-04). "[인터뷰]'성소수자 신인가수 홀랜드입니다'". The Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  2. ^ a b c Herman, Tamar (2018-11-22). "Holland Releases Debut Single 'Neverland' as The First Openly Gay K-pop Idol". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  3. ^ "Holland's debut MV reaches a million views in 20 hours - Celebrity Photos". OneHallyu. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  4. ^ "Holland Says 'I'm Not Afraid' in Inclusive, LGBTQ+ Positive Music Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. ^ "Holland, Kpop's First Openly Gay Singer, Crowdfunds $40,000 In 24 Hours". Digital Music News. 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  6. ^ "(★ TRENDING) Holland Reveals The Full Story Behind The Homophobic Bullying He Suffered During Middle School". Koreaboo. 2018-04-04. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  7. ^ "[인터뷰]"성소수자 신인가수 홀랜드입니다"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  8. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart.
  9. ^ "Openly Gay KPop Star Holland Earns Top Spot on Annual Dazed 100 List". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-26.

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