Troye Sivan doesn’t want to be called a gay icon.
The 22-year-old pop star came out in 2013 at the very beginning of his music career, and has been unapologetic about his sexuality in his music ever since, including his Blue Neighbourhood music video trilogy about same-sex love and homophobia.
So it’s understandable that many fans would deem him a gay icon – but that’s not what Troye wants.
“With people like Hayley Kiyoko and Brockhampton, we’re starting to get, finally, a diverse group of different LGBTQ perspectives. That’s why I politely don’t want to take on that ‘gay icon’ thing,” he explained in an interview with Another Man.
“I’m one voice of so many that are missing, and so I’m just trying to tell my story, and right now I’m having so much fun in my life, I feel confident, I’m just enjoying myself, and so that was really important to me to express.”
He continued: “I don’t represent everybody, because I’m 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.”
Troye announced the release date of his sophomore album earlier this week in possibly the best way possible, as he joined Taylor Swift on stage at her Reputation tour for a performance of his new single My, My, My!
“I want to tell you something,” Taylor teased to the crowd. “Troye’s album called Bloom comes out August 31st.”
— troye sivan (@troyesivan) May 20, 2018
The album takes the same name as his latest single, Bloom, which has a rather cheeky meaning.
Fans already knew about the track as Aussie pop prince previously spoke about during an interview, where he seemingly hinted at the real meaning behind the lyrics.
Nope, it’s not about his penchant for flower arranging or a certain British actor, but rather about gay sex. Bottoming, to be exact.
Asked by Dazed if that was the true meaning behind the song, Troye coyly replied with a wink: “It’s 100 per cent about flowers! That’s all it is.
“Call it whatever you wanna call it. I wanna play that song at every Pride. There’s almost a radicalism in just truth, you know? The most radical thing that I can do is share how happy I am.”
The lyrics in question include: ““It’s true, babe / I’ve been saving this for you / Promise me you’ll hold my hand if I get scared now / Might tell you to take a second baby slow it down / You should know I bloom, I bloom just for you.”
We’ll leave it up to you to decide what Troye’s really singing about.