March 29, 2016 (NEW YORK) — For its May 2016 cover story, OUT magazine talked with critically acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan. The nearly 21-year-old child actor turned YouTube star, now one of music’s hottest up and coming artist, spoke with OUT’s Shana Naomi Krochmal about his personal journey through music, his YouTube coming out story, and the mutually supportive relationship he has established with his fan base. Sivan tells OUT about his debut, dreamy electro-pop album, Blue Neighbourhood, and what he hopes to accomplish with his life-inspired music. Sivan opens up to OUT about how it feels to be honest as an artist and expressing his authentic self through his work.
On his sexuality:
“Fun. Is that weird? Fun is how I feel. Fun is kissing boys and kissing girls sometimes. I can do whatever I want, and no one will bat an eyelid.”
On performing ‘Heaven’ for his LGBTQ fans:
At a live show, Sivan asked, “Who’s LGBTQ up in here?” Half the audience put their hands up, smiles on their faces, and when he hits the chorus – “if I’m losing a piece of me, maybe I don’t want heaven” – he couldn’t believe how loud it got. “That moment where you take on that responsibility and feel that empowerment, seeing that in a physical form looking back at me, singing those lyrics back at me was…It was a life-changing moment.”
Read the full Troye Sivan interview now at OUT.com.
Additional May 2016 Issue Content Includes:
- The Power 50 – OUT’s annual ranking of the most influential LGBT people in America
- Escape Plan – From Mongolia to Mexico, Our guide to this year’s unmissable destinations
- Trans in the Military – A groundbreaking portfolio by photographer Cassidy DuHon accompanies Chadwick Moore’s exploration of the tightrope of being transgender in the armed forces