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Troye Sivan reveals that Lil Nas X inspired him to be more unapologetically queer

24 November 2023, 13:04 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Speaking to Hattie Collins on Proud Radio on Apple Music 1, Troye Sivan discussed heartbreak, queerness and his new album, Something To Give Each Other.

In the midst of a promotional tour in London for, Something To Give Each Other, Troye Sivan stopped by Proud Radio and revealed that he felt as though he had met himself again, and rediscovered the world through the writing process of the album.

"I started writing it during COVID, in between lockdowns, when we would get this freedom, and I started to feel just so unbelievably grateful and moved by just being able to connect with people again. Whether it's dancing on a dance floor, that just felt so unbelievably euphoric and spiritual, and so I just was having all of these experiences and I started writing. So I think it's a really warm and joyous, for the most, part album, but it's also very introspective and personal," he said.

Celebrating being openly queer, and existing in a community that is nurturing and uplifting, he went on to describe the meaning of queerness as almost a lack of definition: "It removes all of the rules or structures that maybe have typically been imposed on us for a really long time, and I think it brings a real sense of freedom. I also think it just brings a massive sense of community. I think that queer people anywhere should be looking after queer people everywhere, and I love that."

Collins asked about Sivan's experiences coming out as queer, and he replied acknowledging that his experience was fairly easy. "I think I'm extraordinarily privileged. I have very, very supportive family and very supportive friends. So I always felt once that was out of the way, and I was out to my parents and I was out to my siblings and my friends, I was like, 'Okay, well, I don't really have anything to lose because I've got that.' So that really freed me up to explore," he explained.

Despite the ease in which he was able to come out, Sivan believes that he wasn't living as authentically out as he could have been, and found inspiration in musical peers. "I definitely have censored myself over the years, or just tried to stay in my lane a little bit and maybe keep things a bit more quiet.

"Honestly, seeing artists like Lil Nas X, who just was so unafraid of taking up space and doing honestly the same thing that all the other pop stars are doing- but just doing it as a queer person, with so much fun, I was really, really, really inspired by that. I was like, 'You know what? Why can't I do whatever I want as well?' So I just took a bit of inspiration from that."

The show is available to listen back on Proud Radio via Apple Music now at

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