Troye Sivan speaks about his sexuality and the time he was in a relationship with an older man in the first ever official Pride Billboard issue.
Sivan, 23, who first came out at age 14 to a friend, admits he sometimes feels like a “guinea pig” when he gets asked about being “an embodiment of gay culture emerging into the mainstream.”
“The world or the press or whatever is sort of using me and a bunch of other young people right now as education points, [like] we’re teaching the world about all of these different things.”
Sivan also discusses his upcoming album Bloom, which features a song called “Seventeen”, about having a relationship with an older man.
Discussing the fact that the romance was seen as taboo and maybe even against the law at the time because of his age, the musician explains: “I’m worried because I don’t want to ever come across that I’m condoning that or anything like it.
“But I felt, greater than all of those worries, a responsibility to tell that true story — of the curious gay kid who puts himself in some kind of shady situation to find a connection, like all of us crave.”
Sivan’s interview also sees him talk about his track with Ariana Grande, “Dance To This”.
Despite its title, the song, Sivan insists, is not about partying.
The star reveals the lyrics are “about how, after a while, all of these parties and nights out kind of start to blur, and you get to the point where staying at home and making food and making out in the kitchen sounds like the ideal night.”