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Troye Sivan ‘humbled’ by his fans during US tour



Troye Sivan’s recent US tour was an eventful one.

At one of his gigs a man proposed to his boyfriend. At another, a teenage girl used the concert to come out to her mum.

She handed Troye a note on stage and it said: “If you’re reading this, can you announce that Kelly is bisexual?”

After checking that Kelly was sure she wanted it reading out, Troye delivered the message to huge cheers from the crowd.

“I got all choked up and couldn’t really look at her. I got off stage and I watched this video that someone took of Kelly and her mum meeting outside of the venue after the show and it’s one of the most touching things I’ve ever seen.”

Kelly’s coming out reflects the influence Troye – as an openly gay singer – has had on his fans.

The South African’s own coming out video, published in 2013, has been viewed more than six million times and he’s happy to be seen as a role model to other teenagers who may be struggling with their identity.

“It’s really amazing and kind of overwhelming in a way that people are committing themselves to the music in that way. It’s humbling.”

But is the 20-year-old worried that someone is going to want to do something special at every gig he does?

“A little bit actually!” he says.
“Somebody’s going to propose at every show and is not going to want to get married and just do it for the lols. But I’m fine with that.”

He recently won outstanding music artist at the 2016 GLAAD awards, which recognise people for their “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community”.

Troye’s fans are devoted. He’s even seen some of them with Troye tattoos and lyrics to his songs.

“We had the lyrics to Ease on this one girl’s thigh. Lyrics from Lost Boy on somebody’s arm. I’ve seen Wild tattoos before.”

Troye has four million subscribers on YouTube.
His first video was posted in 2007 in which a very young Troye sings into a webcam. He got into the vlogging world early.

“The internet’s a very big place and I think getting seen in that environment is more difficult than ever. At the same time, there are ways to be seen and realise what works and what doesn’t and keep shifting. I reckon it could still happen for anyone.”