If the music of Hayley Kiyoko and Troye Sivan had a surrogacy love child in Korea, his name would be Holland and he’d be our new international obsession.
K-pop’s first gay artist just dropped his debut video and it’s all kinds of steamy. We’re talking boy-on-boy cuddles, walks on the beach, and some kissing that borders on HBO after dark. It’s even received a 19+ rating in South Korea, where it was released, which is could be seen as a mildly offensive example of Korea’s attitudes toward queer people or a testament to the video’s sexy moments.
They kiss better than those straight people in kdramas oops #HollandDebutDay
— Madhu (@dancing_kitteh_) January 21, 2018
The track entitled “Neverland” is a classic ballad about young love. And that young love is on full display in the video. From the intimate affection in bed to arguments on the beach, it’s a full-on queer K-pop love story, and we’re here for every second of it.
Although Korea may not be totally queer-inclusive, K-pop could be our new favorite form of queer entertainment. Ever since Korean boy band, BTS made an appearance at last year’s Billboard Music Awards, the genre’s homoerotic appeal has us thirsting for more.
What it takes to live your truth is immense. Fell smitten over this song tonight. Very happy & proud to see young artists living their truth. Beautiful lyrics; beautiful video. Thank you for how you #loveyourtruth & #liveyourtruth #Holland
Supporting #HollandDebutDay https://t.co/PTRUZlrsXK
— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) January 23, 2018
Since its release this weekend, Holland’s “Neverland” video has accumulated 2.5 million views. Let’s hope it encourages more queer artists from Korea and the rest of the world to give us some grade-A pop hits in 2018.
Watch Holland’s video for “Neverland” below: