Troye Sivan was terrified of being gay before he came out

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Troye Sivan recently shared a story many queer kids can relate to: Being afraid of who they are or who they may become. In a an interview, Troye reflected on his latest album, Bloom, which featured tracks that highlight how queer people come into their sense of self. As a result, he said that while he never set out to become a gay pop star, he has noticed a change in who listens to his music.

“I was thinking, this is an interesting shift,” he saidnoting a recent influx of older gay fans, in addition to his already young following. “But it’s never been something I’ve strived for. I’m just grateful that people care.”

The realization wasn’t only impactful for what Troye describes as his “day job” but also something that resonated deeply given his own identity.

“Growing up in a society where I didn’t want to be gay for the first 15 years of my life, I was terrified of it. That’s still in there and I’m personally trying to work it out.”

There’s a push-and-pull that’s oftentimes present in the experience of coming into one’s sense of self as a queer person, even after coming out to those closest to you and — in Troye’s case — his entire fanbase and the greater public. That’s a topic he explores in his music, even while he continues to personally develop as an artist.

“Although I came out as gay to my family, there was still a lot I hid: the way I wanted to move, dress, speak. I’m enjoying this process of pushing myself, figuring out: Am I into this? Am I not? There are no rules.”

Coming out, or even inviting others in to your life, isn’t always easy and can be fraught for anyone, regardless of celebrity. Exploring your identity is a personal process, and when the public is paying attention to your every move, it may be harder to feel as though there’s enough space to do so.  But Troye does what he can to balance and make sense of it all.

“As long as people are asking about it, it means there’s still hunger for that conversation. I’m in a pretty privileged place. I live in West Hollywood, where everyone is gay, and I’ve got supportive family and friends. For me to be sick of talking about a subject that for other people is still so real and has an impact on their daily lives … I kind of think it’s the least I can do.”

Troye Sivan on being effeminate

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“I have to get comfortable with the fact that I am kind of effeminate sometimes–or really effeminate sometimes. That I want to paint my nails. Overcoming all those stupid rules that society embeds in you as a kid about gender and sexuality is a conscious task. I have almost exclusively LGBT people around me [now]. That instilled a sense of confidence in me. That I have every reason to be proud of who I am.”

Read the whole interview with Troye over here.

Troye’s Coming Out

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Born in Johannesburg, raised in Perth, Troye Sivan is the 21 year-old YouTuber turned pop favourite whose legendary Coming Out video has been watched over 8 million times.

His outspoken stance on issues of identity and sexuality has made him the voice of the internet generation – earning him a place on Time’s ’25 Most Influential Teens’ list in the process. In a video by i-D he spoke about the ‘efficiency’ of coming out online and how he got into the music business.

Lucky Strike

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Australian pop star Troye Sivan has released a video for his bouncy, summertime ready single “Lucky Strike.” The clip finds Troye chasing love during a fun day at the beach, complete with a cast of friends and an actual human heart floating around.

 

Thirsty for Troye

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“I want Troye Sivan’s jawline to cut me into fries” is just one of the many interesting things fans want Troye Sivan to do to them.  In a new episode of “Thirst Tweets” the singer reads some hilarious and rather specific fantasies that fans had about him, and Troye really has no clue how to respond…

By the way, someone tweeted, “I wish Troye Sivan could murder my ass, but he’s already a bottom,” to which Troye replied, “Not true, but whatever”…