Singer Troye Sivan has highlighted the lack of openly LGBT+ music artists in a recent interview.
The My My My! singer acknowledged the increase of openly LGBT+ musicians, but said that there is still no queer equivalent of Beyoncé, Rihanna, or Taylor Swift.
“I think we’re in a really interesting time in music right now where we are seeing more and more queer artists pop up, but we don’t have a queer Taylor Swift, we don’t have a queer Rihanna, or a queer Beyoncé,” he said, speaking on an episode of Will Young and Chris Sweeney’s Homo Sapiens podcast, released on January 24.
Sivan also speculated as to whether he would do better commercially if he wasn’t gay.
“I have a great management team and great label, and I haven’t had this conversation with anyone else in fear because I hate it, hate it, hate it when pop stars sound bitter, or blame any sort of lack of success on anything other than for themselves,” he said.
Troye Sivan: I wonder if I’d be more commercially successful if I wasn’t gay
However, the 23-year-old star said: “Part of me wonders sometimes if I would be more commercially successful if I wasn’t gay or not as ‘in your face gay.’
Still, Sivan, who released his second album Bloom in August 2018, did admit that his current success could “100 percent” just be down to his music.
“We don’t have a queer Taylor Swift, we don’t have a queer Rihanna, or a queer Beyoncé.”
— Troye Sivan
“Maybe the music just isn’t good enough, maybe the world is obsessed with hip hop right now and I’m making the furthest thing from hip hop,” he said.
“It could be a myriad other things, but a part of me wonders sometimes, is the world actually ready right now for what I’m trying to be?”
Does Troye Sivan have a new boyfriend?
Sivan is rumoured to have a new boyfriend, fellow singer Lauv, after collaborating with him for his latest song “I’m So Tired.”
Sivan took to Instagram to post about his new track on Saturday (January 26).
“Catch me and my new bf @lauvsongs performing our new SMASH ‘i’m so tired’ on @jimmykimmellive feb 6th,” Sivan wrote.
The 23-year-old singer posted a photo of him linking arms with Lauv, who is aged 24.
Sivan was in a relationship with model Jacob Bixenman since 2016, and the pair were living with each other.
Neither Sivan or Bixenman has posted to confirm their current relationship status. The two haven’t posted about each other for more than a month on social media.