Troye Sivan: “It’s Almost Become Cool to Be Queer”

The out pop star is ready to unleash a new album, hit the road, and light up the silver screen.

YouTuber turned pop sensation Troye Sivan has a busy fall season ahead of him.

His sophomore album, Bloom, is out August 31. He’s headlining a North American tour the month after. And he’s starring in a movie alongside Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe the month after that. But don’t think this full plate has the 23-year-old entertainer overwhelmed. The “My, My, My” singer tells NewNowNext he couldn’t be more excited for the next chapter in his blooming career.

 

You’ve got three major projects cooking right now—the tour, the record, and the film, Boy Erased. How are you holding it all together?

The first time around things were overwhelming as a new artist, but this time, I feel like I know more of what to expect, and I feel more in control and more confident in myself. I couldn’t be more excited for my fans to see and hear everything I’ve been working on.

Speaking of your fans, you are quite active with them on social media. Does all of that interaction and instant feedback ever get to you?

Never! I absolutely love the relationship I get to have with my fans. They mean the world to me. Logging into Twitter or Instagram, or wherever, is one of my favorite parts of the job. I think because I started off with YouTube, I’m very used to it, but I love the community and the connection we have. It’s fun and it’s sacred to me.

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Without giving too much away, what can the fans expect from the tour?

The tour is my brain on stage—all of my creative thoughts and energy poured into the sound and the look of the tour. At the end of the day, I want everyone to come and have an amazing time and celebrate life. Many fans have shared stories with me about meeting their best friends at my shows and those stories move me. I hope the concert continues to foster that community and brings everyone together.

One of your tour mates Kim Petras recently said she’d love to collaborate with you. Anything in the works?

This is actually the first I’m hearing of this! Of course! I’d absolutely love to work with Kim on something. We’ll have to figure that out.

In the short time since you’ve hit the scene, there’s been a rise in queer music acts. Is it getting better to be an LGBTQ artist in the industry today?

One thing that’s surprised me about all of [my success] is how quickly it’s all happened. It’s been incredible to be embraced by people in the industry and also the fans. And I absolute love seeing the rise of other queer artists like Kim and others. It’s almost become cool to be queer which is great. My hope is that fans and the industry keeps embracing diverse artists, but that no one is reduced to their sexuality or their queer-identity. But as long as everyone’s hearts are in the right place, I’m optimistic about where things are headed. And I don’t take for granted the platform I have to be a voice for marginalized youth.

 

Speaking of using your talents to be a voice, you have Boy Erased also coming out this year. What about this story attracted you?

I couldn’t put down the script when I read it. The story of a young person struggling to find himself, questioning his identity, but being signed up for something that’s proven to be extremely dangerous and ineffective. It gripped me. I never wanted anything so bad as I wanted this role, so I’m thankful I got the part and can be part of this.

I’m thrilled to see more of these movies [including The Miseducation of Cameron Post] coming out because the queer community is diverse, and it’s important for queer people to see a diversity of stories out there they can connect to to see themselves and understand themselves.

Lamar Dawson is a pop culture junkie and pop diva addict living in Manhattan. Follow him on everything @dirrtykingofpop.
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