Troye Sivan is an immensely talented 20-year-old Australian singer/songwriter, actor, and New Media star (2.7 million Instagram followers, 3 million Twitter followers, and a YouTube channel with 208 million views).
When he was 18, he came out as gay to his 3.6 million YouTube subscribers, who were, as is usually the case these days, overwhelmingly supportive.
Last year, he released an EP called TRXYE, which included a haunting single called “Happy Little Pill”. It has 19 million (and counting) YouTube views.
This September, he released another EP, this one called WILD. Sales have been good, the reviews have been uniformly excellent, and he’s gotten a big boost from a surprising source:
Three of the six songs on the EP trace the relationship between two boys, which evolves from friendship into something more. Here’s “Fools”, the middle song of the “Blue Neighborhood” triad.
Troye Sivan is about to start an eight-city US tour. It sold out in under 30 minutes.
When I encounter something like this, it gives me mixed feelings. On the one hand, it’s great to see a young artist who is free to be himself, and to live at a time when he needn’t repress his identity to succeed.
On the other, it makes me angry that it’s taken so long to get to that point.
Not for the first time, I’m confronted with the sad truth that I was born much too early. The 21st Century is infinitely richer and more interesting than the 20th, which seems more primitive and repressive with each passing day. From the Internet to the increase in cultural diversity to the decline of organized religion to the explosion of new media to the still-not-fast-enough fading of racism, sexism, and homophobia, to, even, the foodie revolution, it’s like Émile Coué was right after all: “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”.
Things are just getting good, and I won’t be around to see how they turn out!
To paraphrase William Wordsworth,
“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young
was would be very heaven!”