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Troye Sivan shuts down interviewer after being asked if he’s ‘top or bottom’

Lily Wakefield August 29, 2019
Troye Sivan in Concert

Troye Sivan performs live on stage in Brazil. (Santana/Getty)

Troye Sivan has accused an interviewer as being “wildly invasive” after they asked if he was a top or a bottom.

Journalist Matt Fistonich asked Sivan “top of bottom?” as part of an interview for the latest issue of LGBT+ New Zealand magazine Express. 

A “top” is someone who gives during sex and a “bottom” is the person who receives. During anal sex, these terms relate to penetration.

In the magazine his response is quoted as: “Ooo… definitely passing!” But on Wednesday he took to Twitter to reveal his real thoughts on the “inappropriate” question.

The 24-year-old singer said: “I thought about asking the interviewer about his absolute fave sex position after that last question, but then i remembered how wildly invasive, strange and inappropriate that would be. Didn’t stop him though!”

Next time I’ll just do a Twitter q&a,” he added. 

Another question asked by Fistonich, who is gay himself, was whether things got “steamy” when the singer met straight artist Shawn Mendes. He then asked whether Sivan’s boyfriend Jacob Bixenman would give him a “hall pass” to sleep with Mendes.

Fans defended Troye Sivan on Twitter after he was asked the “inappropriate” question.

Fans of the South African-born, Australian singer defended him on Twitter.

One wrote: “Love how the average age of your fans is between 13 and 21 yet this adult can’t be more respectable than us.”

One fan asked: “Why do we ask better questions than actual interviewers?”

Another replied: “Because we love Troye for who he is, and not because exploiting celebrities personal lives/sturring up unnecessary drama [that] will make us more money.

“He’s an interesting person with a lot of life experience and great stories but these interviewers be out here triffling smh.”

Others made the point that a straight artist would not be asked the same sorts of questions. One Twitter user wrote: “Idk why interviewers think it’s ok to ask queer artists about sex. Feel like you never see that in interviews with straight artists.”

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