K-pop star Holland said he was attacked and called “a dirty gay” while walking around the city district of Itaewon in Seoul with his manager and a friend on Wednesday night.
Holland, whose real name is Go Tae-seob, wrote about the incident in a tweet on Thursday, showing the two cuts around his nose that he received from the attack.
“Last night, I was walking around Itaewon with my manager and a friend. 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,” the 26-year-old “Neverland” singer wrote.
Holland said he has reported the incident to the authorities and hopes for the case to be “well solved.”
“The fact that my sexuality as gay is public should never expose myself to this kind of violence,” Holland wrote in another tweet. “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.”
“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 added.
Holland, who became the first openly gay K-pop idol in South Korea in 2018, revealed during a livestream on March 24 that he now has a boyfriend who he wants to marry.