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K-Pop star Holland called a 'dirty gay' during homophobic attack in Seoul

The 'Neverland' singer shared images of himself on social media after he was physically attacked.

2022-05-06

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Instagram/@holland_vvv

The K-pop star, Holland, has said he was called a "dirty gay" during a homophobic attack while on a night out in Seoul.

Posting images of himself after the incident on Twitter on Thursday 5 May, the South Korean 'Neverland' singer said he had reported the incident to the police. 

He said he had been walking around Itaewon with his manager and a friend on Wednesday (4 May)

"The sad reality of LGBT+ human rights"

"Suddenly, a stranger man approached me and hit me on the face twice, calling me 'a dirty gay'. Now I have a scar on my face and I’m going to the hospital soon."

In a follow-up tweet, he added: "This is obviously a hate crime. The fact that my sexuality as gay is public should never expose myself to this kind of violence. Nor any other LGBT+ and all elders, women and minorities in this world. This happening in 2022 shows the sad reality of LGBT+ human rights."

In a third tweet, he said he had reported the incident to local police and that he hopes it is resolved. 

"This should never happen to anybody in this world, no matter who you are. I wish our world is filled with more love and hope rather than hate and violence," he also said.

Years and Years solo-act Olly Alexander was among those to send Holland their best wishes saying: "so sorry this happened to you :("

Holland debuted in 2018 with his single 'Neverland' before releasing his self-titled first album in 2019. 

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