Jianhao Tan (Singapore YouTuber)

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JianHao Tan
JianHao YouTube.jpg
Born14 June 1993
Singapore
Alma materUnited Nations International School of Hanoi
Spouse(s)Debbie Soon (m. 2019)

JianHao Tan (born 14 June 1993) is a Singaporean YouTuber and the chief executive officer of Titan Digital Media. As of 2 June 2020, he has more than four million subscribers on YouTube and close to 650,000 followers on Instagram. Throughout his YouTube career, he has collaborated with various Singaporean content creators such as Dee Kosh and Ryan Sylvia. In an interview with 8 Days that was published in 2018, JianHao shared that he made a six-digit annual income from YouTube alone.[1]

Background

Early life

JianHao was born in Singapore on 14 June 1993. Due to his father's occupation in foreign service, JianHao spent most of his childhood and teenage years overseas.[2] He moved to Cambodia at eight years old and relocated again to Vietnam six years later.[3] After completing his studies in Vietnam, JianHao returned to Singapore to fulfil his national service requirements.[4]

Education

JianHao received most of his formative education in Cambodia and Vietnam. He completed Primary 1 in Singapore at Radin Mas Primary School where he was reportedly the top student.[5] He was then a student at the International School of Phnom Penh [Cambodia] and later enrolled in the United Nations International School of Hanoi [Vietnam].[6] He graduated from the United Nations International School of Hanoi in 2011.[7]

YouTube

Teenageguruz (2010)

In 2010, JianHao started a YouTube channel called Teenageguruz with two of his schoolmates from the United Nations International School of Hanoi, Nguyen Hoang Anh and Le Tuan Anh. The trio intended to use the channel as a platform for their juniors to receive practical life advice.[8] The first upload on the channel was a two-minute video titled 'How To Cut The Line'.[9] While Hoang Anh and Tuan Anh decided to further their studies in different countries, JianHao developed the YouTube channel after completing his national service.[10]

JianHao Tan - Content creator

The thumbnail for JianHao's highest viewed video on YouTube as of June 2020.

As of June 2020, JianHao is the most subscribed-to YouTuber in Singapore with over four million subscribers. He creates content ranging from comedy skits to personal vlogs. As of June 2020, the most viewed video on his channel is a comedy skit titled 'GOOD STUDENTS vs BAD STUDENTS' with approximately 35 million views.[11] In February 2020, JianHao received an invitation from a representative at the Harvard College Project For Asian & International Relations (HPAIR) to speak at the annual Harvard Conference.[12] He had been invited to discuss the Asian YouTube Instagram cultural revolution as a panellist on 16 February 2020.[13]

Sister channels

The JianHao brand has also expanded to include the following YouTube channels - TITAN GAMERS, LADIES FIRST, THE IN CENTRAL and PLAYTIME TV.[14] These channels cover gaming, female-centric content, newsworthy incidents and kid-friendly content respectively. These channels and their talents are managed by Titan Digital Media, JianHao's media company.

Titan Digital Media

Titan Digital Media Pte Ltd (2014 - present) - Founder

In July 2014, JianHao officially registered his media company under the name 'The JianHao Tan Co.'[15] which he later changed to 'Titan Digital Media Pte Ltd'.[16] The media company provides a range of marketing services from creating advertorial content on social media platforms to recruiting talents for campaigns. The company has worked with notable brands like Apple, Disney and Air Asia.[17] As of 2 June 2020, Titan Digital Media has a combined reach of over six million subscribers across its YouTube channels and over four million followers on Instagram.[18]

Personal advocacy

The JianHao Tan Foundation (2015) - Founder

When JianHao was a high school student in Vietnam, he had volunteered at the orphanages in Thuy An Village during the weekends. He founded The JianHao Tan Foundation in 2015 based on this positive experience in his formative years. The charity organisation aimed to improve the standards of living of the children at Thuy An Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children.[19] On 13 September 2015, JianHao visited the centre and contributed more than S$2,000 worth of necessities and toys. As of 25 September 2015, the organisation received more than S$1,500 worth of monetary donations.[20]

Relationships

JianHao and Debbie at their solemnisation on 21 May 2019. Photo from Titan Digital Media's Instagram.

In August 2017, JianHao revealed on his YouTube channel that he had been dating Debbie Soon for two years.[21] Before this, he dated the influencer Naomi Neo from 2014 to 2015.[22] The couple broke up due to work and personal reasons. However, they remain good friends.[23]

Marriage to Debbie Soon (2019)

In March 2019, JianHao uploaded a video titled 'The Big Surprise Proposal - JianHao Tan & Debbie' which documented the process behind his proposal to then-girlfriend Debbie. JianHao had disguised his proposal as a supposed product launch event.[24] The couple later confirmed on their social media platforms that they were officially engaged.[25] Within two days, the video gained more than 943,000 views on YouTube and was ranked second on the trending list.


A month later, the couple announced on JianHao’s YouTube channel that Debbie was pregnant with a baby girl.[26][27] On 21 May 2019, the engaged couple held a solemnisation ceremony at Rasa Sentosa in Singapore.[28] Debbie gave birth to their daughter, Starley, on 19 September 2019.[29][30]

Fall-out with Ridhwan Azman (2015)

On 2 December 2015, Ridhwan left JianHao's company, saying that “he deserved better”.[31] According to Ridhwan’s blog entry, he wanted to leave the company because he was not earning much.[32] He claimed that:

“... when I was working as a waiter, I can earn more, and see my mom, but not when I was with THEJIANHAOTANCO.”[33]

Following these allegations, JianHao uploaded a screenshot of his conversation with Ridhwan on his Instagram. In his caption, JianHao called out Ridhwan for playing a “pity game”. The post also provided a detailed rebuttal against every accusation that Ridhwan made against JianHao.[34] On 8 October 2017, JianHao uploaded a video titled 'What Really Happened Between Us' in which he and Ridhwan addressed their fall-out. They also announced that Ridhwan would be returning to Titan Digital Media as a part of CrayEight Studios.[35]

Media appearances

Movies

JianHao's cameo in MIB: International (2019).

In May 2019, JianHao's popularity was recognised by the producers of Men In Black: International (2019) in which his videos made a cameo on the watch-list screen.[36]

Year Movie Title Character/Role Refs.
2019 Men In Black: International Cameo [37][38]
2016 Lulu The Movie Waiter [39]
2015 Lingo Lingo, Where You Go Male lead [40][41]
2013 Everybody’s Business Eddy [42][43]

Television

In 2015, JianHao collaborated with Mediacorp on a project called The Tube. His videos were broadcasted on television every Wednesday at 10 pm.[44]

Year Channel Programme Title Character/Role Refs.
2017 - 2018 Toggle TV Cheap Cheap vs Atas Host [45]
2015 Channel 5 The Tube Cast [46]

References / Citations

  1. Lee, Jocelyn. "YouTube Star Tan JianHao Is Only 24 And Drives A Swanky Maserati Granturismo". 8 Days. January 23, 2018. Accessed on 19 July 2019.
  2. Yeo Boon Ping. "JianHao Tan, The Greatest Showman in Singapore". Rice Media. February 21, 2020. Accessed on 2 June 2020.
  3. Yeo, Melissa. “10 Tan Jianhao Facts That Makes Him The Singaporean YouTube Sensation”. MustShare News. December 2, 2015. Accessed on 13 January 2019.
  4. Tay, Vivienne. “Now following: JianHao Tan”. Marketing Interactive. July 5, 2017. Accessed on 13 February 2019.
  5. Yeo Boon Ping. "JianHao Tan, The Greatest Showman in Singapore". Rice Media. February 21, 2020. Accessed on 2 June 2020.
  6. Thejianhaotan. Twitter. November 29, 2012. Accessed on 12 February 2019. Retrieved from: https://twitter.com/thejianhaotan/status/274085097844649985
  7. Tay, Vivienne. “Now following: JianHao Tan”. Marketing Interactive. July 5, 2017. Accessed on 13 February 2019.
  8. "About". Facebook. Accessed on 2 June 2020.
  9. JianHao Tan. "How To Cut The Line". YouTube. September 16, 2010. Accessed on 2 June 2020.
  10. Yeo, Melissa. "10 Tan JianHao Facts That Makes Him The Singaporean YouTube Sensation". MustShare News. December 2, 2015. Accessed on 19 July 2019.
  11. JianHao Tan. "GOOD STUDENTS vs BAD STUDENTS". YouTube. May 13, 2018. Accessed on 19 July 2019.
  12. thejianhaotan. Instagram. February 10, 2020. Accessed on 2 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Yj0iyjZ8_/
  13. Vernice. "S’porean YouTuber Jianhao Tan Gets Invited To Harvard Conference, Making Asians Proud". MustShare News. February 11, 2020. Accessed on 2 June 2020.
  14. PLAYTIME TV. "About". YouTube. Accessed on 13 February 2019.
  15. Tham, Raymond. “YouTubing his way to success”. Today. December 11, 2014. Accessed on 14 February 2019.
  16. Titandigitalmedia. Instagram. March 14, 2018. Accessed on 13 February 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgSvFeXnHU2/
  17. "ADVERTISE WITH US". Titan Digital Media. Accessed on 13 February 2019.
  18. "Homepage". Titan Digital Media. Accessed on 2 June 2020.
  19. JianHao Tan. "OUR PROMISE: THUY AN VILLAGE". JianHao Tan. September 20, 2015. Accessed on 2 June 2020.
  20. Yeo, Melissa. “22-Year-Old YouTuber Tan JianHao Flies Tpo Vietnam To Raise Funds For Orphanage”. Must Share News. September 25, 2015. Accessed on 14 February 2019.
  21. JianHao Tan. “MEET MY NEW GIRLFRIEND”. YouTube. August 6, 2017. Accessed on 13 February 2019.
  22. Yeo, Melissa. “Influencer Naomi Neo Finally Comes Clean About Breakup With YouTuber JianHao”. Must Share News. November 9, 2015. Accessed on 13 February 2019.
  23. Naomineo_. Instagram. July 20, 2018. Accessed on 13 February 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.instagram.com/p/Blc7f_5lrRG/
  24. JianHao Tan. “The Big Surprise Proposal - JianHao Tan & Debbie”. YouTube. March 17, 2019. Accessed on 18 March 2019.
  25. thejianhaotan. Instagram. March 17, 2019. Accessed on 18 March 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvHDcw8AjzR/
  26. JianHao Tan. “We're Having a Baby!”. YouTube. April 14, 2019. Accessed on 30 May 2019.
  27. JianHao Tan. “Boy or Girl? - Gender Reveal Party”. YouTube. May 5, 2019. Accessed on 30 May 2019.
  28. JianHao Tan. "JianHao Tan and Debbie's Wedding". YouTube. July 14, 2019. Accessed on 19 July 2019.
  29. debbwie. Instagram. September 19, 2019. Accessed on 13 January 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2mOy4yDWtU/
  30. "YouTuber Jianhao Tan & His Wife Are Giving Birth Now, The Internet Is Freaking Out With Them". Must Share News. September 19, 2019. Accessed on 13 January 2020.
  31. What Really Happened Between Us”. JianHao Tan. October 8, 2017. Accessed 22 November 2019. Retrieved from YouTube.
  32. Ridhwan Azman. “Leaving The Company”. Ridhwannabe. December 23, 2015. Accessed 22 November 2019. Retrieved from Blogspot.
  33. Ridhwan Azman. “Leaving The Company”. Ridhwannabe. December 23, 2015. Accessed 22 November 2019. Retrieved from Blogspot.
  34. thejianhaotan. December 3, 2015. Accessed 22 November 2019. Retrieved from Instagram.
  35. What Really Happened Between Us”. JianHao Tan. October 8, 2017. Accessed 22 November 2019. Retrieved from YouTube.
  36. thejianhaotan. Instagram. May 30, 2019. Accessed on 19 July 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.instagram.com/thejianhaotan/p/ByFWM_yjzlV/
  37. JianHao. Facebook. Accessed on 13 January 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/thejianhaotan/videos/859227714453031/
  38. thejianhaotan. Instagram. May 30, 2019. Accessed on 13 January 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.instagram.com/p/ByFWM_yjzlV/?hl=en
  39. Lulu The Movie Offiicial. Facebook. October 18, 2016. Accessed on 13 January 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/LuluTheMovie/photos/a.693242240732316/1203238189732716/?type=1&theater
  40. Lee Jian Xuan. "YouTube star Tan Jian Hao plays lead in short film about Singlish". The Straits Times. November 9, 2014. Accessed on 13 January 2020.
  41. Yeo, Melissa. "10 Tan Jianhao Facts That Makes Him The Singaporean YouTube Sensation". Must Share News. December 2, 2015. Accessed on 13 January 2020.
  42. "Everybody's Business (2013)". December 5, 2013. Accessed on 13 January 2020.
  43. JTV. ""Everybody's Business" 15-sec Trailer". YouTube. November 25, 2013. Accessed on 13 January 2020.
  44. JianHao Tan. “Before vs After Exams”. YouTube. April 26, 2015. Accessed on 4 March 2019.
  45. "CHEAP CHEAP VS ATAS". Toggle TV. Accessed on 13 January 2020.
  46. JianHao Tan. “Before vs After Exams”. YouTube. April 26, 2015. Accessed on 4 March 2019.