Pop star Troye Sivan has revealed why he’s ‘in awe’ of Aussie legend Nicole Kidman upon his long awaited return Down Under.
The 24-year-old hitmaker made the candid admission to Yahoo Lifestyle before his intimate gig at Aloft Perth, performed as part of the Live At Aloft Hotels Homecoming Tour.
“I’m still completely in awe of her and am so proud to say she’s Australian as well as getting to work with her,” he says.
“I take so much inspiration from her as a success story and from someone who has had such an incredible career but has remained so down to earth and lovely person.
“I’m a big, big, big fan, even bigger than before I met her.”
The Aussie duo both starred in the film Boy Erased earlier this year—an effort which saw Troye receive a Golden Globe nomination for his song "Revelation".
Although inline with his recent success - evident in latest album Bloom reaching number four on the US Billboard charts - the nod is a long way from when the teen who first found fame on YouTube almost a decade ago.
In the intervening years, Troye, who was born in South Africa but moved to Perth aged two, has crafted an electronic sound inspired by his internet beginnings.
“I think back to the type of music I wanted to make when I first started making music and it was so like Australian music,” he explains.
“But I just don’t think I’d be the person who I am if it wasn’t for music online because the whole thing just opens up the world.”
Behind the music
This access manifested in his vulnerable catalogue of music, famously inspired by his experiences and relationships as a young, LGBTQ man.
Topics explored include coming out, grappling with his Jewish faith during the same period and eventually forging an identity while growing up in the spotlight—all themes which continue to resonate with his largely-young fanbase.
“I guess the only thing I really think about is what’s the point of doing any of this if you’re not going to be honest and real with people—otherwise it won’t connect,” he says.
The stance also extends to his most personal bops, which feature stories of romantic rejection, sexual exploration and ultimately falling in love.
“I think about [how exes will feel about songs] but I think about it and not in a crazy way for the people in my life but for me music is a coping mechanism but there have been times - and this sounds so dramatic and cheesy but it’s true - when I’ve been crying writing a song and express and get it out of my system and process how I feel about something so I just sort of do that naturally, I think I would always do that for myself anyway.”
All for the fans
Troye went on to explain how the creative process is spurred on by a desire to connect with fans going through similar experiences, even at the cost of his vulnerability.
“I think about how music has been such a constant in my life and has been the thing that gets me through so much and helped me soundtrack some of my best moments and my worst moments and I want to be a part of that for someone else,” he says.
“So fair enough if it’s awkward between me and someone for a couple of months, or years, but hopefully I’m doing some good and helping someone else out in the process.”
The writer travelled to Perth as a guest of Aloft Hotels.
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