Curtis M. Wong 「K-Pop’s New Star Breaks Fresh Ground By Addressing His Sexuality In Debut Video」

Posted on January 22, 2018
In 「Neverland」, HOLLAND shares a sweet kiss on the beach with another man.

Holland 「Neverland」 - released on January 22, 2018.

A K-pop star was born this weekend, and he happens to be gay.

The singer HOLLAND released his first single, 「Neverland」, on Sunday to near-unanimous praise from fans and critics. The video for the R&B-tinged ballad, which can be viewed above, shows the singer canoodling with a male love interest on the beach and in a living room. The clip concludes with a tender kiss between the two men.

By addressing his sexuality directly in 「Neverland」, HOLLAND sets a new standard as an openly gay male K-pop singer. He may not be the Korean music scene’s first openly queer artist ― singer MRSHLL came out as gay last year, while another singer, Harisu, identifies as transgender. But his video still breaks fresh ground in a genre that continues to lack substantial LGBTQ representation.

Fans around the world were clearly moved by 「Neverland」, in spite of the fact that the video received a 19+ rating in Korea because of the same-sex kiss.

As of Monday afternoon, the 「Neverland」 video had been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

Here’s hoping we’ll be hearing more about HOLLAND moving forward!