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Troye Sivan on cover of Billboard’s Pride issue

Billboard celebrates LGBT Pride Month with it’s first ever, official Pride Issue featuring Troye Sivan on the cover.

In the in-depth cover interview, the openly gay singer reveals details about his relationship with an older man at the age of 17, his upcoming collaboration with Ariana Grande, on being the embodiment of gay culture emerging into the mainstream, his upcoming album, and more.

Here are some excerpts:

On being an embodiment of gay culture emerging into the mainstream: “I do feel a little bit like a guinea pig sometimes,” he admits. “That 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.”
On how his upcoming album compares to his 2015 debut: “Before, I had to write so much more just to find these moments where I felt like I got what I wanted. Whereas this time, everything fell into place a lot easier. I just had much more of a vision. I wanted it to be, like, a love letter.”

Dua Lipa on Troye Sivan’s authenticity: “He’s such a smart wordsmith, but he’s very honest at the same time. That’s why people love his music. He says things that people want to say but can’t find the words to say them.”

On his upcoming song about having a relationship with an older man at the age of 17: “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.”

On his just-released collaboration with Ariana Grande, “Dance To This”: It’s “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.”

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