Troye Sivan Addresses Online Backlash From Fans: 'The Important Thing Is How You Respond'

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Troye Sivan attends The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on Feb. 21, 2018 in London, England.

Troye Sivan is no stranger to the perils of having an active, Internet-savvy fan base. While much of what the 22-year-old singer — who started his career as a YouTube star — does is often adored by his fans, there have been a few moments where he has said or done something that has caught the ire of fans on the Web.

One of those moments came earlier this year, when a series of photos were released, seemingly showing Sivan accepting a bouquet of flowers from a fan and subsequently throwing them in the garbage. Fans were quick to say that Sivan’s actions were rude and dismissive.

In a recent cover story for GQ Australia, Sivan addressed the incident and said that it wasn’t what it looked like. “I threw away some flowers that a fan had given me,” he told GQ. “Three days had gone by, but the way it was framed was that I was given them and then immediately threw them away. People got upset about that.”

But the singer said that he knows online fandom is fickle — eventually, everyone has a bad moment on the Internet, and he’s no exception to that rule. “I’ve come to terms with that already,” he said. “We share so much and people are only human. The important thing is how you respond to those situations and how you grow and learn from them.”

The singer said that online fandom can lead to a lot of questions of privacy. He and his boyfriend, model Jacob Bixenman (who inspired Sivan’s song “My My My!”), rarely post about their relationship online.

“If I had it my way, it would be something that was almost completely private,” he said. “I’m completely fine with everyone knowing who I’m in a relationship with, but then it’s up to me to protect the ins and outs.”

Read Troye’s full interview with GQ Australia here.