Troye Sivan candidly cracked open the correlation between his sexuality and his commercial success in a recent interview.
“I have a great management team and great label, and I haven’t had this conversation with anyone else in fear because I hate it, hate it, hate it when pop stars sound bitter or blame any sort of lack of success on anything other than for themselves,” said the 23-year-old Australian singer-songwriter on Pop Idol winner Will Young’s Homo Sapiens podcast with friend Chris Sweeney. “I don’t want to come across like I’m saying that at all, but this just feels like a safe space where we can have an open conversation.”
“Part of me wonders sometimes if I would be more commercially successful if I wasn’t gay or not as ’in-your-face gay,'” continued Sivan, who’s dating model Jacob Bixenman. “I think we’re in a really interesting time in music right now where we are seeing more and more queer artists pop up, but we don’t have a queer Taylor Swift, we don’t have a queer Rihanna or a queer Beyoncé.”
“It’s not there yet, I don’t think. Though it feels very exciting to be where we are, I still feel like there’s a really tall mountain to climb. Sometimes it can be frustrating because I’m giving my all and not having some humongous radio smash all over the world.”
— troye (@troyesivan) January 29, 2019
He acknowledged that “100% could just be on the music, maybe the music just isn’t good enough, maybe the world is obsessed with hip-hop right now and I’m making the furthest thing from hip-hop. It could be a myriad other things, but a part of me wonders sometimes, is the world actually ready right now for what I’m trying to be?”
Sivan’s latest solo single, “Lucky Strike,” appears on his sophomore full-length album, Bloom, his fourth release to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart. He recently debuted “I’m So Tired…” with Lauv.
Sivan recently used his platform to empower young LGBTQ fans by partnering with the Ally Coalition and the Trevor Project on the North American leg of his Bloom tour.
Last year he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for “Revelation” from Boy Erased, the film adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir about his time in a gay conversion camp, in which he also had a supporting role.
— troye (@troyesivan) January 25, 2019
Sivan also made a memorable cameo in Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” video.
At the 2017 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.
“It’s almost become cool to be queer,” Sivan told NewNowNext last summer.
Listen to “I’m So Tired…” below.