Yes, even famous people have awkward dating experiences.
Before he became one of the world’s favourite queer pop stars, Troye Sivan was just like us – navigating life as a young gay man, looking for love on dating apps, and going on really bad dates.
Okay, maybe he’s not just like us. He was still acting in Hollywood blockbusters and putting out vlogs on his popular YouTube channel after all, but we’re sure many of you can relate to this little anecdote.
During an in-depth interview with PopCrush about his upcoming sophomore album, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter opened up about his attempts at finding love as a teen, resorting as many of us do to dating apps.
“It was a while ago, back when it was a little bit less accepted and a little bit more scary,” he explained.
Despite the countless guys and girls who’d now fall head over heels to get a chance with Troye, it seems his date at the time was more interested in other guys – as he started browsing Grindr right in front of him.
Troye added: “I was like, ‘Okay. I think I’m just gonna go home’.”
Fortunately, it seems the days of awkward Grindr dates are long behind Troye, as he’s currently in a relationship with model Jacob Bixenman – who you can find on the cover of the next issue of Gay Times.
“I am definitely a serial monogamist it seems,” explained Troye. “I don’t really know. I’ve only ever had a couple of relationships, but they’ve been one after the other.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the multi-talented Australian was asked if there were any recent roles that he wishes he could’ve played – and he revealed he would have “loved” to play Elio in gay romance Call Me By Your Name.
“I think that it 100% was made for Timothée Chalamet, but I would have at least auditioned for Call Me By Your Name. That would’ve been fun to have a go at that. It was such a beautiful book and movie,” he said.
Like many gay men, Troye explains how watching the film was one of the few times he’s been able to see himself reflected on screen.
“I really feel like that was the first time, pretty much ever, that I’ve looked at a character and been like, ‘I 100% relate to that person’. Like every single thing, even down to his body type and the way that he looks.
“It’s so strange. I look at his body and I’m like, ‘That’s my body’. Like skinny, small little nipples, pale. Like everything down to the nipples, it’s me.”
Troye’s highly-anticipated sophomore effort – which is due for release later this year – follows 2015’s Blue Neighbourhood, which received critical acclaim upon release and spawned the hit singles Wild, Talk Me Down and Youth.
Two singles have been released from the as-of-now-untitled record so far – My My My and The Good Side – both of which have been well received by fans and critics.
Aside from Troye’s musical endeavours, he’s also been chosen as the face of Valentino’s spring menswear advertising campaign, and will star in upcoming gay ‘conversion therapy’ biopic Boy Erased, meaning 2018 really will be the year of Troye.