Australian pop heartthrob Troye Sivan says he isn’t too interested in being labelled a “gay icon”.
The 22-year-old opened up about his role as an LGBTIQ role model in an interview with Wonderland magazine, admitting that he recognises the limitations of representing such a broad community.
“I will never understand the struggles of a trans woman of colour growing up,” he told the publication.
“What can I do as an empathetic person? How can I help? That’s why I politely reject the term ‘gay icon’.
“I would never want to put that on myself.”
The Perth-born singer has used several of his music videos to depict queer releationships, but said he wishes he’d had more openly gay role models of his own when he was younger.
“When I think about the songs that I grew up listening to that made me feel… gay, it was mostly straight women: Cher, Madonna, Miley, Robyn, Lady Gaga. Those are my gay icons, which is a bit strange,” he told the publication.
“I would have loved to have had more queer music growing up. That would’ve been nice.”
Troye’s highly-anticipated second album is due for release later this year, after 2015’s Blue Neighbourhood.
He’ll also be seen on the big screen this year in a supporting role in “gay conversion” therapy drama Boy, Erased alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.