Pop Quiz: Troye Sivan

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Aidin Vaziri | It’s not easy catching up with Troye Sivan, the South African-born Australian singer-songwriter, actor and YouTube star. Fortunately, the 21-year-old pop sensation was home in Perth last week for the Jewish holidays, giving him just enough downtime to check in before launching his Suburbia Tour. Sivan spoke to us on the day he received seven nominations for the ARIA Awards (his country’s equivalent of the Grammys), including a nod for album of the year for his debut LP, “Blue Neighbourhood,” and one for song of the year for his single “Youth.” He tells us, “This year has honestly been life changing for me.”

Q: Between the YouTube clips and appearing in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as a young Hugh Jackman, you got popular at such an early age. Did you ever go through a phase where you felt like an outsider?

A: Definitely. Back in school, being into the arts was never something that scored me “cool points.” In hindsight, I sort of appreciate that adversity, though, as I think it keeps my feet on the ground.

Q: Because you’re so open with your fans, I imagine they’re fairly open with you. Is it hard to take on the problems they share with you?

A: I try my best to connect with them and take on what I can. I think pretty early on I realized I couldn’t respond to everyone, and so a big part of my effort to help people out is to try my best to lead by example.

Q: Just a few years back, many artists were hesitant to publicly embrace their sexual orientation. You’ve gone beyond that and turned this tour into a benefit for the Ally Coalition (a group, created by the band Fun. and designer Rachel Antonoff, whose mission is to advocate for LGBTQ equality). Where did you find the confidence to be so open?

A: I found it online — I knew no LGBTQ people growing up, so I had to turn to the Internet. I found some of the most inspiring people and stories and communities on there.

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