Troye Sivan isn’t trying to become your Bottom Icon.
Troye Sivan’s new album Bloom just released and the singer is making the rounds of interviews to promote it.
In a recent interview with them. Magazine, Sivan shared his thoughts on fans trying to label him as their queer icon or their bottom icon.
“As everyone’s saying, “Troye is a queer icon. He’s a twink icon. He’s a bottom icon” — is that something you strongly identify with personally? Are you like, “That’s me, I’m a bottom, and that’s my sexuality!” or is that reductive?” asked Davey Davis for them.
Troye Sivan replied by saying:
“Completely reductive. Without getting into like any sort of details whatsoever, that was a song I wrote about a particular experience. I’m not branding that as myself forever. It was definitely just writing a song.”
This is a mentality that Sivan has shared before.
While Sivan shared in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he “want[s] to make music for queer people,” he also shared that he dreams of a day when he’ll be seen as just a singer and not a gay singer.
“There’s hunger for that conversation. So I’ve always been totally fine to talk about and embrace that,” he told EW. “Am I excited for the day where [a headline is] just, ‘Troye Sivan puts out a song’? Sure, yeah, that’s exciting. As I’m excited for the day when a trans woman of color can walk down the street and not fear for her life, you know what I mean? We’ve got so much work to do as a community, and the only way is forward.”
Plus, Sivan shared in a Wonderland Magazine interview in March that he feels the pressure of being a “gay icon” is too much.
“I will never understand the struggles of a trans woman of colour growing up,” he told Wonderland, “What can I do as an empathetic person? How can I help? That’s why I politely reject the term “gay icon”. I would never wanna put that on myself.”
Despite pushing back against such labels as a gay, queer, or bottom icon, Sivan is committed to creating music for queer people and his new album, titled Bloom, is out now as an example of just that.
h/t: them., EW, Wonderland,