Charli XCX and Troye Sivan are throwing it way back in the epic new video for their joint single, “1999.”
The 26-year-old Brit enlisted the 23-year-old Aussie to bloom on the nostalgic bop, which references Nike Airs, Michael Jackson, “…Baby One More Time,” and more. Forget the fact that she was born in 1992 and he was born in 1995.
Sivan even squeezes in a thirsty shout-out to Home Improvement heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas, singing, “I know those days are over but a boy can fantasize ’bout JTT on MTV…”
Directed by Charli and Ryan Staake, the video features Sivan dressed up as ’90s icons like Slim Shady, Marilyn Manson, and NSYNC-era Justin Timberlake. Meanwhile, Charli pays tribute to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, the Spice Girls, and Mena Suvari from American Beauty.
Sivan and Charli, who also memorably channel Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet from Titanic, even appear as Sims versions of themselves.
The duo performed “1999” live together for the first time this week during Sivan’s Bloom tour stop at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Photographed by Jacob Bixenman, Sivan’s boyfriend, the single’s cover art features the duo serving Neo and Trinity realness, inspired by the 1999 film The Matrix.
Charli tells Noisey she first met Sivan at one of her L.A. pool parties. “From there, I’ve just grown to be such a huge fan of his music,” she says. “We got each others’ numbers, and we spoke about doing a song together in the future, and when I wrote ’1999,’ I sent it over to him to see if he’d be into it, and he was.”
“I feel like he has really good taste,” Charli continues, “and I was really into him as a pop star—I just think he’s so great—and I really trust his judgement.”
Sivan is currently using his platform to empower young LGBTQ fans by partnering with the Ally Coalition and the Trevor Project on his Bloom tour. He also appears in Boy Erased, the upcoming film adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir about his time in a gay conversion camp.
At last year’s GLAAD Media Awards, Sivan, who came out publicly on YouTube at the age of 14, became the youngest recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to LGBTQ media professionals who promote equality and acceptance.
Party like it’s “1999” below.