Holland (singer)

Go Tae-seob[1] (Korean고태섭; born March 4, 1996), professionally known as Holland (Korean홀랜드), is a South Korean singer. Holland made his debut in January 2018, with the release of the single “Neverland”.[2]

Birth nameGo Tae-seob
Born (1996-03-04) March 4, 1996 (age 26)
South Korea
Years active2018–present
LabelsHolland Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGo Tae-seob
McCune–ReischauerKo T'aesŏp


Go chose Holland for his stage name as a tribute to the first country to legalize same-sex marriage.[3]


When Holland first decided to pursue music, he attempted to audition to join an entertainment company. However, no entertainment company was willing to work with an openly gay artist, so he worked two part-time jobs in order to fund his own debut single.[4] Holland released his debut single, “Neverland”, on January 21, 2018. Its music video accumulated over 1 million views in 20 hours.[5] The music video shows Holland and his male counterpart kissing, and 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.[6] 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 US$40,000 in the first 24 hours.[7]

On March 19, 2019, Holland announced his self-titled mini album, Holland, and the tracks “Nar_C” and “Up” on his Twitter and Instagram pages.[8][unreliable source?] The album was released on March 31.

On July 8, 2019, Holland announced plans for his first tour via social media.[9] Later on November 1, Holland announced his first tour titled “Holland: Invitation from Neverland”. The tour was a collaboration with MyMusicTaste where fans voted on concert tour locations. He traveled to five cities in Europe.[10] Months after releasing his debut mini album, Holland started teasing his next single “Loved You Better” on his social media platforms starting December 2, 2019. The song and music video were released on December 11.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Holland is known as “the first openly gay K-pop idol”.[2] He is an only child. His parents found out about his sexuality after an article of an interview had been released. Holland, who was not home at the time, had written a letter to his family after they found out and explained everything to them. His family tearfully accepted him, unaware of the hardships he had gone through because of his sexuality.[12] He was a photography major at Seoul Institute of Arts, but dropped out after his debut in 2018.[13][14]

Go decided to make his debut as a singer to speak out based on his experiences with violent assailants and victims inflicted on sexual minorities.[15] While preparing the album, he tried to sign several agencies for his debut, but the deal was broken when he told the story of the sexual minority through music and expressed his wish to develop a discourse on discrimination against the sex minority on his own. In the end, he produced his first single with the money he saved from his part-time job for about two years without his agency.[16]



Title Year Peak chart
"Neverland" 2018 Holland
"I'm Not Afraid"
"I'm So Afraid"
"Nar_C" 2019
"Loved You Better" Non-album single

Music videosEdit

Title Year Director
"Neverland" 2018 Seonjin Lee
"I'm Not Afraid" Downy Jung
"I'm So Afraid"
"Nar_C" 2019 Lee Sangdeok[18]
"Loved You Better"


Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Ref.
2022 Ocean Like Me Tommy [19]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Recipient Award Result Ref.
2018 Holland Dazed 100 Won [20]


  1. ^ Ryu, In-ha (February 4, 2018). "[인터뷰]'성소수자 신인가수 홀랜드입니다'". The Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Herman, Tamar (January 22, 2018). "Holland Releases Debut Single 'Neverland' as The First Openly Gay K-pop Idol". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  3. ^ ""No One Else Wanted To Be Openly Gay. So I Stood Up." K-Pop Star Holland Explains Why He Had To Come Out". British Vogue. 20 February 2020. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  4. ^ Luna, Elizabeth de (23 October 2019). "K-Pop Star Holland Is Forging a Path as an Openly Gay Idol". Teen Vogue. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  5. ^ "Holland's debut MV reaches a million views in 20 hours - Celebrity Photos". Vogue. February 20, 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  6. ^ "Holland Says 'I'm Not Afraid' in Inclusive, LGBTQ+ Positive Music Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Holland, Kpop's First Openly Gay Singer, Crowdfunds $40,000 In 24 Hours". Digital Music News. September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "HOLLAND announces comeback with self-titled album 'HOLLAND'". AllKpop. March 19, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "Holland announcing plans for his first tour on Twitter". Gay Star News. July 8, 2019. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  10. ^ "Holland 1st World Tour "Ep.1: Invitation From Neverland" In Europe: Cities And Ticket Details | Kpopmap". Kpopmap - Kpop, Kdrama and Trend Stories Coverage. 2019-11-04. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  11. ^ "Holland Is at His Most Raw and Vulnerable in 'Loved You Better'". PAPER. 2019-12-14. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  12. ^ "Out and Proud: Breakout Star Holland on Homophobia and Exclusion in the K-Pop Industry". rollingstoneindia. July 23, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  13. ^ "[인터뷰]"성소수자 신인가수 홀랜드입니다"" (in Korean). Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Rebirth of Holland, K-Pop's Next Rising Star". them. 2020-06-24. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  15. ^ 수정: 2018.02.04 09:54, 입력: 2018 02 04 09:27 (February 4, 2018). "[인터뷰]"성소수자 신인가수 홀랜드입니다"". news.khan.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "홀랜드, 누가 그에게 돌을 던질 수 있을까 [인터뷰]". tvdaily.co.kr (in Korean). February 15, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  17. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart.
  18. ^ "Sanrroksu".
  19. ^ Yoo Jeong-min (April 5, 2022). "한기찬·홀랜드 주연 BL웹드 '오션라이크미' 포스터 공개" [BL Webd 'Ocean Like Me' poster released by Han Ki-chan and Holland] (in Korean). iMBc. Retrieved April 5, 2022 – via Naver.
  20. ^ "Openly Gay KPop Star Holland Earns Top Spot on Annual Dazed 100 List". Billboard. Retrieved July 26, 2018.

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