Troye Sivan might be one of the queerest of the queer pop stars making music today, but the 22-year-old singer says he isn’t interested in being labelled a “gay icon” just yet.
In a new interview with Wonderland magazine, Troye says there are limitations when it comes to representing the LGBTQ community.
For instance, he explains, “I will never understand the struggles of a trans woman of color growing up. That’s why I politely reject the term ‘gay icon’. I would never want to put that on myself.”
Not just that, but an “icon” really needs to have a few hit albums, a few hit singles, a few hit music videos, and at least one talked about performance at a major Awards ceremony. All of which Troye is on his way to achieving, but he’s not there yet. (Give the kid a break! He’s only 22!)
We have no doubt the “My My My” singer can rise to the level of Cher, Madonna, and Gaga. His second studio album, the follow-up to 2015’s critically-acclaimed Blue Neighbourhood, is one of this summer’s most hotly anticipated releases.
Not just that, but he has a supporting role in the upcoming gay conversion therapy drama Boy, Erased alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, which hits theaters in September.