Troye Sivan Urges Fans 'Be Whatever You Want, Keep Being Loud and Proud' after Orlando 'Wake-Up Call'
Singer-songwriter Troye Sivan has very personal feelings towards the recent shootings in Orlando.
“I think it’s just heartbreaking,” Sivan, 21, tells PEOPLE. “I just want to send so much love and support to the victims and the victim’s families.”
However, the “Youth” singer wants the LGBTQ community to view the tragedy as a wake-up call.
“It shows how far we have to go still and reminds the LGBTQ community to not become complacent,” he says. “Use this as a wake-up call to keep going and to keep being loud and proud and to keep trying to encourage tolerance, and love and acceptance in the world.”
The 21-year-old YouTube sensation, whose partnership with SweeTART’s “Follow Your TART” summer campaign launched Wednesday, is no stranger to helping others find the courage to be who they are. In 2013, Sivan came out to his family and the entire world in one of his videos and has since been an important voice for young people in the LGBTQ community.
Sivan feels honored to help his fans embrace their own sexuality. During a tour stop in March, he read aloud a note given to him by a young fan announcing to the fan’s mom, who was in the crowd, that she is bisexual.
“I am so proud of being a part of that process for people,” Sivan says. “It’s very, very rewarding.”
The singer will perform a special “Follow your TART” concert at Comic-Con in July, in hopes to keep encouraging fans to be themselves.
“The best people in the world are not afraid to embrace who they are and they inspired me to do the same for myself,” the “Wild” singer says. “Just try things, have fun, wear what you want to wear and do what you want to do. I would recommend everyone live their life like that.”