To celebrate its first ever Pride Issue, Billboard tapped Troy Sivan to grace the cover. Solid choice. The 23-year-old singer achieved mainstream success without having to cater to straight music lovers. He transcended all that with his breakout Blue Neighbourhood.
In addition to rocking several stylish looks, Sivan opens up about coming out before signing his first record deal, dating an older man when he was 17, how his new music compares to his debut and much, much more.
Check out more pics snapped by photographer Ramona Rosales below, along with some quotes from the interview conducted by Mickey Rapkin.
“…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.” –@troyesivan on the meaning of his new single with @arianagrande. Link in bio. | ?: @ramona_rosales #30DaysPride
On Being Openly Gay & Achieving Mainstream Success
“I do feel a little bit like a guinea pig sometimes. 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.”
How The Music On His New Album Compares To His 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.”
On Dating An Older Man
“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 Publicly Coming Out
“I came out publicly because I had been out in my private life for like three years already at that point and it had just become a real non-issue in my life,” Sivan says. “I was super, super lucky that my family and friends were all really supportive.”
For more, head over to Billboard.com.