Born in South Africa, raised in Australia and residing in Los Angeles, pop star Troye Sivan is determined to take the world by storm.
Between gathering a massive online following as a YouTube personality, playing in a variety of film roles and releasing radio-ready electropop, the young star’s career exudes versatility—and keeping track of it all can be quite the exercise.
In honor of this week’s Troye Sivan cover story, we’ve chronicled a timeline of Sivan’s eclectic journey from Aussie sweetheart to international heartthrob.
October 21, 2006 – Performs alongside Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian on Telethon
Far before his vocal abilities were selling out concert venues and scoring him late night appearances, Sivan appeared on the popular annual Australian fundraising program, the Channel Seven Perth Telethon.
June 1, 2007 – Releases studio debut, Dare to Dream (EP)
With just 5 cover songs recorded at the age of 12, Dare to Dream gave a very narrow glimpse into what the singer’s musical career had in store for him.
May 1, 2009 – Snags role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Playing the part of a young James Logan (Wolverine), this role furthered his proximity to popular media stardom and springboarded Sivan’s entertainment industry ambitions, with his career as a YouTube personality soon taking off.
June 5, 2013 – Signed to Universal Music Australia (UMA) record label
Keeping the record deal a secret from fans for almost a year before publicly sharing the news, Sivan began his return to music, quietly working on writing songs and recording tracks for his upcoming project.
August 7, 2013 – Uploads “Coming Out” video to YouTube
In what would be one of the most defining moments in his media career, Sivan came out publicly as gay in a video uploaded to nearly one million subscribers on YouTube, which has since gained almost eight million views.
August 15, 2014 – Releases TRXYE (EP)
Sivan’s extended-play TRXYE debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, his first release on a major label, featuring the two well-received singles “The Fault in Ours Stars” and “Happy Little Pill.”
October 13, 2014 – Time names Sivan as one of the “25 Most Influential Teens of 2014”
In their annual listicle, Time magazine named Sivan among this list of high-profile teens, noting his sizable YouTube following and the commercial success of his most recent EP.
September 3, 2015 – Drops first installment of Blue Neighborhood music video trilogy
The release of Sivan’s “WILD” music video initiated the series of clips titled Blue Neighborhood that additionally included those for “FOOLS” and “TALK ME DOWN.” The series trilogy depicts the struggle with young queer love in suburbia and earned Sivan a MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Breakthrough Long Form Video in 2016.
September 4, 2015 – Releases Wild (EP)
Like TRXYE, Wild hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200. Later, it was revealed to be an introduction to the artist’s first full-length album, Blue Neighborhood.
October 13, 2015 – Embarks on Troye Sivan Live tour
Promoting the EP, Sivan set out on his first U.S. tour, which was later extended into a world tour with the successful release of Blue Neighborhood later that year.
December 4, 2015 – Releases Blue Neighborhood
The singer’s debut LP hit No. 7 on the Billboard 200, supported by the release of promotional remix of “WILD” featuring Alessia Cara and his first performance at the Billboard Music Awards the following year.
Early 2018 – Releases singles “My My My!” “The Good Side,” “Bloom,” and “Dance To This”
Sivan returns with synthpop track “My My My!” to positive critically reception, followed up by the charmingly genre-blurring “The Good Side,” the album title track “Bloom” and Ariana Grande-collab “Dance To This.”
August 31, 2018 – Release date for studio album, Bloom
The rising pop star’s sophomore album is scheduled for release at the end of August.
September 21, 2018 – Start date for The Bloom Tour
Sivan will headline a two-month North American tour featuring opening acts Kim Petras, Leland, and Charlie Hanson, kicking off in Irving, Texas and finishing up in Vancouver, Canada on November 8.
September 28, 2018 – Release date for return to the big screen in coming-out film Boy Erased
Sivan will act alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the film adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir, in which a 19-year-old boy wrestles through gay conversion therapy camp after being outed to his staunchly Baptist parents.