After Wu Yifan’s love scandal broke out, former EXO member Huang Zitao (TAO) was also accidentally dragged into discussion. How is Huang Zitao’s current career different from his “old teammates”?
Huang Zitao – TAO is the third member announced by SM to be in EXO’s lineup and had his debut at the SBS Gayo Daejoon stage on December 29, 2011. However, only 4 years later, Huang Zitao left the group due to health reasons and returned to China.
After returning to his hometown and working as a solo artist , Huang Zitao quickly achieved outstanding achievements, partly thanks to his previous fan base, partly thanks to his personal music products.
Only in 2015, he established his own personal studio, becoming the representative of Bugles and the game The Almighty Team. Not only that, the male singer also released two albums named T.A.O and Z.TAO consecutively with impressive sales.
TAO made his way through the acting field and was featured in hit films such as Team Tiger (in cooperation with Jackie Chan), Together For Life (with Huang Xiaoming, Yang Mi), The Negotiator… However, Huang Zitao’s acting ability was controversial and was not appreciated by the audience.
Hoang Zitao is often mentioned as a person with an upright and frank personality, but perhaps this is also the reason why the male singer is entangled in many controversies related to his statement.
TAO once publicly declared his love for “national sister” IU on a livestream. He indicated that if the singer agreed, he would go public and organize a wedding right away. Netizens have varied feelings about his actions. Some internet users chastised the male singer for exploiting IU’s name to boost his own fame at the time.
Last June, when fans expressed dislike for photos posted by his studio, TAO’s rebuttal post immediately made him receive a lot of criticism.
“I only listen to myself, I have never listened to the opinions of you guys before. Those who wants the colorful concept please don’t like me. Instead of me, go and like the person who takes the pictures you like everyday. Find the person who will listen to you cause I’m not. It’s up to me to decide what clothes I wear. Why do you find my employees and then curse them? You think they can tell me what to do? Find someone who listens to your opinion, not me. It’s useless to me, get it? If you have the time to type and make disparaging comments about others, please take some times calling family members, studying and working.”
Some netizens think that the male singer behaves in a childish way because he accepts the fans’ conflicting opinions. Chinese netizens also expressed that Huang Zitao should learn to listen to opinions, otherwise fans will soon leave him.
Last year, Huang Zitao’s father passed away suddenly. Huang Zitao inherited a huge fortune from his father, took over the family business and his artistic activities was also sparse. Currently, the male singer is the boss of L.TAO Entertainment (founded in 2018).
In the future, although Huang Zitao’s artistic activities may decrease gradually, fans of the male singer believe that they will witness more maturity of Huang Zitao on the path of business development.