The handsome singer says his looks make him an ‘easy target’ for critics.
Steve Grand has opened up about the criticism he often experiences as a “young, good-looking, white, gay man”.
The 26-year-old – who found himself under fire last year after he was pictured wearing swimwear last summer – claims that showing off his body makes him an “easy target” for internet trolls.
“For my performances, I need to not be terrible and people will be impressed,” he told PrideSource.
“I just know people have really, really low expectations of me and that’s what the internet does.
“I’m such an easy person to target.
“Young, good-looking, white, gay men – we love to hate those people.”
Grand said that before judging him, people should remember that “there’s been a real person there the whole time.”
He added that he wants to be judged on his musical talent as well as his looks.
“I take my music seriously. I’m a good musician and I’m a good performer, and I also like to work out my body and show it off sometimes.
“It’s a fleeting thing; when I’m 50, I’m not gonna look like this.”
However, just last month, the singer admitted to using his looks to get ahead as he accused some members of the gay community of having double standards.
The singer explained that although he objects to every story about him focusing more on his image than the work he does, he is happy to use them to get ahead of the competition.
“It’s a competitive world out there. Are you not using everything that you have to better yourself and to make yourself as competitive as possible in this world?” he asked.
“If you’re not doing that, you’re not being very smart and you’re going to be left behind so use what you have.”
“I never asked not to be objectified – you can’t believe everything you read.”