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Troye Sivan ‘appreciates’ Sam Smith & Olly Alexander for making coming out ‘no big deal’

By Will Stroude

2015 has been a great year for gay men in pop, and up-and-coming YouTube star-turned singer Troye Sivan has revealed that he “appreciates” how other artists like Sam Smith and Years & Years’ frontman Olly Alexander refused to make big ‘coming out’ announcements on the cover of magazines.

The 20-year-old South African-born Aussie – who recently unveiled the heartbreaking final installment of his ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ video trilogy – explained to Metro that he wants to be the gay role model he never had growing up in Australia.

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“When I was 14 I would have appreciated a lot more ‘out’ artists, so I’m trying to be that for people who were like me,” he said.

“And when they did come out, it was like the cover of People magazine, a whole thing, a big deal.

“That’s why I appreciate people like Sam [Smith] and Olly Alexander. I’m lucky to be able to reach many people on a daily basis, so I may as well make the most of it and help somebody”.

The trio of out gay stars show just how far the music industry has come when it comes to an artist’s sexuality over the last few years. Smith first confirmed his sexuality before the release of his mammoth debut album In the Lonely Hour in the video for his track ‘Leave Your Lover’, while Olly has been open about his sexuality with media since Years & Years first rose to prominence earlier this year.

As for Sivan – who’s gearing up to release his debut album Blue Neighbourhood on December 4 – he came out in a video to his 3 million YouTube subcribers back in 2013.

Frankly, we think our favourite trio should get making some sweet music together immediately: Troye’s already said he’s up for a ‘Boy Is Mine’-style duet with Olly, and with Sam singing the WILD singer’s praises just a few weeks back, surely not that much persuasion would be required to get the Grammy-winner on board.

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