On Wednesday (May 30), Troye Sivan announced that he would be embarking on a North American tour, joined by pop starlet Kim Petras, frequent collaborator Leland and alt-pop singer Carlie Hanson as supporting acts.
While fans expressed excitement for the tour, some questioned whether the inclusion of Petras was appropriate given controversial statements she made when she defended collaborating with producer Dr. Luke.
After seeing backlash to the tour announcement, Petras took to Twitter on Friday (June 1) to release an apology, saying, “While I’ve been open and honest about my positive experience with Dr. Luke, that does not negate or dismiss the experience of others or suggest that multiple perspectives cannot exist at once. I didn’t communicate this clearly in the past.”
Now, Sivan has released his own statement in response to the backlash. “I’ve heard you over the last few days and wanted to take the time to handle this situation sensitively because i care deeply about all of you, and everyone involved,” the pop singer said in a statement on Twitter.
He said that when he was presented with the opportunity to have Petras support him on tour, he was elated, but not without hesitation. “I love Kim’s music and think she’s an incredibly important artist. I wanted to support her without supporting the professional circumstances around her, which was an obvious challenge.”
He added that he was not aware of some of the comments Petras had made in the past interviews. “I since have read them and was troubled by them, like you. The opinions communicated in these interviews don’t align with my personal values or the values of the tour.”
The singer went on the say that he spoke with Petras, and between their conversations and her public statement yesterday, he saw where her heart is. “I have always said that it’s how you grow and learn from your mistakes that truly matters, and I want to treat Kim the same way I’d like to be treated when my inevitable big mess up comes.”
He ended his note by adding that he would be donating a portion of the tour’s proceeds to the Ally Coalition, as he has done in the past — but he would also be making a donation from the Bloom Tour to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
Read Sivan’s full statement below.
— troye sivan (@troyesivan) June 3, 2018