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Why Troye Sivan Does NOT Want You Calling Him A 'Gay Icon'!

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Troye Sivan is the gay icon we need right now… just don't call him that to his face.

The My My My! singer took his shirt off for the cover of Wonderland's Spring Issue and "politely" rejected being called a "gay icon," because such a label puts too much pressure on him.

Related: Troye Is Loving Harry Styles' New Bisexual Anthem

Why? Because young Troye can't possibly understand the struggles of everyone in the LGBT community. He explained:

"Knowing when to shut up, I will never understand the struggles of a trans woman of color growing up. What can I do as an empathetic person? How can I help? That's why I politely reject the term ‘gay icon'. I would never wanna put that on myself."

So… by that logic, no one should be labeled a gay icon? Are we following correctly, Troye?

As for the 22-year-old's own gay music icons growing up, he admits mostly straight women took that title:

"When I think about the songs that I grew up listening to that made me feel… gay, it was mostly straight women: Cher, Madonna, Miley, Robyn, Lady Gaga. Those are my gay icons, which is a bit strange. I would have loved to have had more queer music growing up. That would have been nice."

Speaking of more queer music, Troye's second album is set to be released later this year — though the young Aussie is worried he may have already reached his artistic peak:

"I heard something about how when an artist reaches their peak, the thing that's in their head winds up being the same as the thing they're creating. This album is the first time in my life I've been able to do that. If people don't like it I'm shit outta luck."

We're sure we'll love it! But if we don't, it's not like it would be the tragic downfall of a gay icon or anything.

[Image via Media Punch.]

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