Chinese rapper, singer, actor, and martial artist Tao. He was formerly a part of both EXO and EXO-M, a boy band. After initiating a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to dissolve his contract due to health concerns, he departed the group in August 2015, becoming the third Chinese member to do so after Kris and Luhan who left EXO the year before.
Since departing, he has performed as a soloist in China using the stage name Z.TAO.
BIRTH NAME: Huang Zitao
BIRTH DATE: May 2, 1993
BIRTH PLACE: Qingdao, Shandong, China
Early Life And Career
Zitao was born on May 2, 1993, in Qingdao, Shandong, China. When he was 5 years old, his father sent him to Wushu Martial Arts instruction in an effort to teach him discipline due to his mischievous conduct as a child. As a student-athlete, Huang participated in martial arts tournaments in his hometown and practiced Wushu throughout his academic career.
Zitao also discovered a love for music at an early age and decided to pursue a career in it after graduating from school. 2010 saw participation in the China talent search event MBC Star Audition. A representative from Korea’s SM Entertainment noticed Huang’s Wushu Taolu performance during his audition and promptly chose him to make his K-Pop debut with the group EXO. After a brief learning phase He was unveiled as the primary rapper for the group’s Chinese-based subgroup, EXO-M, on December 27, 2011.
Tao continued to practice Wushu with actor and martial arts choreographer Bruce Khan while living in Korea as an EXO member, and he also continued to perform Wushu Taolu routines on stage and in variety shows.
Tao made his debut on the big screen alongside his close buddy Huang Xiaoming in the Chinese film You Are My Sunshine. He took on the job of William, Xiaoming’s helper, there.
Huang Zitao’s departure from SM Entertainment and EXO was announced on April 23, 2015. On August 24, 2015, he subsequently requested that his contract with SM Entertainment be terminated. Under the newly adopted stage name Z.Tao, he made his successful solo musical debut with his digital mini-album T.A.O in the summer of 2015. By selling 670 000 sales in a week, the album set a new record.
In preparation for his subsequent mini album, Z. Tao collaborated with director Nick Lentz to create an action-packed short film with dramatic and grand cinematic images for his single Crown, which served as the music to the film. Huang Zitao co-stars in Crown with actor Jeff Kober, actress Jessica Gomez, and model Jessica Gomez.
In addition to pursuing a career as a musician, Tao indicated a desire to work as a martial arts actor and popularize Chinese martial arts like Jackie Chan. The next Jackie Chan film Railroad Tigers, directed by Ding Sheng, will feature Tao as one of the supporting characters. Tao executes all of his own stunts while fighting alongside Jackie Chan in the film. Tao also stars as the male lead in the Jung-Chi Chang film Summer, Portrait of a 19-Year-Old, a criminal mystery romance based on the book by Japanese mystery author Soji Shimada.
The Game Changer, directed by Gao Xixi, is a film about gang conflicts in republican-era Shanghai, and Tao has been confirmed as the film’s major character. After watching recordings of Tao performing Wushu and determining his appropriateness for the part, Gao Xixi claimed that he was immediately compelled to choose Tao.
Tao’s debut as a martial artist actor in a leading role comes in The Game Changer. Tao will play Zhi Zun Bao, the Monkey King, in the TV adaptation of the film series A Chinese Odyssey. Additionally, he will play Zhao Ye in the fantasy film version of the Famen temple code novels, which will be helmed by Tsui Hark.
After meeting Huang Zitao on the variety show The Negotiociator, Michelle Yeoh, a Chinese Malaysian actress best known for her career in Hong Kong action movies and also primarily recognized in the west for her roles in Tomorrow Never Dies and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, praised Tao for his Wushu skill and wished for Tao to successfully transmit Chinese martial arts to the following generations.
Tao Quick Facts
Kung Fu Panda with Princess Peach. He is the sole child.
He studied martial arts, or Wushu, when he was younger.
Tao was a shy kid in middle school, according to his teacher.
He enjoys Western cuisine, basketball, black cats, and the color blue.
His preferred musical genres are R&B and hip hop.
He has the most aegyo of any member.
He is a sensitive and highly emotional man who is in touch with his own emotions.
He was discovered by an S.M. Entertainment agent in 2010 while he was at an MBC Star international audition.
Tao had to first share a room with their manager in order to learn more Korean because when he first started as a trainee, he knew neither Korean nor English.
Tao is skilled in martial arts.
Chen initially believed Tao was a girl when he heard him welcome Xiumin with “oppa, annyeonghaseyo” when he first arrived in Korea.
Despite his rugged exterior, Tao is quite sensitive and easily frightened. Ghosts terrify him. After entering the terror home, he started crying. (10th episode of EXO Showtime)
Because Tao and Kris were so close, fans began to produce fanfiction and Photoshop images of the two having sex. Kris became uncomfortable as a result of this. As a result, the two grew apart.
All of the EXO members, excluding Lay and Luhan, have bathed with Tao.
To learn Chinese with him, Tao would frequently bug Xiumin.
Tao is completely fixated on Gucci.
Tao enjoys taking solitary beach strolls. (Camp Happy)
He debuted in the film “You Are My Sunshine” on May 1, 2015, thus beginning his acting career. Zitao established Z.TAO Studio, an official Chinese agency, in June 2015. Under the alias Z.Tao, he released his solo debut mini-album titled “T.A.O” on July 23, 2015.
His solo debut album, which was extremely popular in China, broke the record for digital downloads by selling 670,000 copies in its first week of availability.
No daughter exists for Tao Exo. He has never been wed, and he has never made his child-parenting status known in the media. It is untrue that he has a daughter named Kandy. Fans of Tao made up the fictitious persona of Kandy.
In 2016, a fan submitted a picture of a young child on social media, sparking speculation that the youngster was Tao’s daughter. There was no evidence to back up the fan’s assertion that the girl was Tao’s child.
Tao Net worth 2024
By 2024, Tao’s net worth is expected to be close to $4 billion USD. This comprises both his personal profits from his acting, music, and business endeavors as well as his father’s inheritance.
Huang Zitao, Tao’s father, was born in 1993 in Qingdao, China. In 2012, when he made his K-pop idol debut with the boy band EXO, he started his career. 2015 saw Tao leave EXO to concentrate on his solo career in China.