Pop sensation Troye Sivan says he’ll “politely” decline the “gay icon” label as there are “plenty of other people who need to be heard first.”
“With people like Hayley Kiyoko and Brockhampton, we’re starting to get, finally, a diverse group of different LGBTQ perspectives,” Sivan told Another Man. “That’s why I politely don’t want to take on that ’gay icon’ thing. I’m one voice of so many that are missing, and so I’m just trying to tell my story.”
The Australian-born artist has built a dedicated following through his music and openness about his identity as a gay man. The “My Youth” singer came out as gay in 2013, earning praise from his fans and support for his record label.
However, the 22-year-old says he doesn’t represent everybody and that he’s been “extraordinarily lucky.”
“I come from a middle-class white family in Australia, and all of my dreams have come true by 22. I had the easiest coming out in the world…I don’t ever want to take that on really because there are plenty of other people who need to be heard first.”
Sivan’s comments come after a controversial story in Variety reported a number of queer artists and songwriters, including Sivan, attended a West Hollywood brunch to discuss homophobia in the music industry. Many on social media were quick to point out the majority of attendees were white men.
Sivan’s new album, Bloom, is out August 31, 2018, on Polydor Records.