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Troye Sivan
Troye Sivan July 2015.jpg
Sivan in 2015
Born Troye Sivan Mellet
(1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 22)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Residence Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • YouTuber
Years active 2007–present
Musical career
Origin Perth, Western Australia
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • bass guitar
Associated acts Broods, Velied, Betty Who, Tkay Maidza, Alessia Cara, Zedd, Martin Garrix

Troye Sivan Mellet (born 5 June 1995), better known as Troye Sivan (/trɔɪ sˈvɑːn/), is a South African-born Australian singer, songwriter, actor, and YouTube personality. As an actor, he played the younger version of the titular character in the 2009 X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and starred as the title character in the Spud film trilogy. Sivan also used to regularly make YouTube videos and, as of 2 April 2016, has over 4 million subscribers and over 241 million total views.[2]

On 15 August 2014, Sivan released his first major-label EP, entitled TRXYE, which peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The lead single from the EP, "Happy Little Pill", reached number 10 on the Australian charts. On 4 September 2015, Sivan released his second major-label EP, Wild. His debut studio album, Blue Neighbourhood, was released 4 December.[3] Its first single, "Youth", become Sivan's first single to enter the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at twenty-three.

His video, "The 'Boyfriend' Tag", with fellow vlogger Tyler Oakley earned them a Teen Choice Award in the "Choice Web Collaboration" category. In October 2014, Time named Sivan as one of the "25 Most Influential Teens of 2014".[4]

Personal life

Sivan was born in Johannesburg, South Africa,[5][6] the son of Laurelle and Shaun Mellet.[7] His family moved to Australia when he was two years old due to rising crime in South Africa.[8] Sivan currently lives in Perth, Western Australia with his parents and three siblings Steele, Tyde and Sage. His father is a real estate agent and his mother is a homemaker.[8] He is Jewish; his father was born to a Jewish family and his mother converted to Judaism.[9] Sivan attended Carmel School until 2009 when he started distance education.[10] Troye's middle name is "Sivan" and he embraced it as his stage name.

Sivan is openly gay. He came out publicly via a YouTube video on 7 August 2013. He came out to his family three years before his video was released.[11] He lives with a mild form of Marfan syndrome.[12]



Sivan in 2014

Sivan's musical beginnings first started when he sang at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Channel Seven Perth Telethon.[13][14] His 2006 performance included a duet with Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian.[14] Sivan made it to the grand finals of StarSearch 2007.[13] His debut EP, Dare to Dream, was released in June 2007. In February 2010, Sivan opened "We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition)", the collaborative music charity video produced by Lisa Lavie to help raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. His most recent hit is "Youth," from his Blue Neighbourhood album that he released in 2015.

On 5 June 2013, Sivan was signed to EMI Australia, a Universal Music Australia label, but kept it a secret until a year later. On 15 August 2014 he released a five-song EP entitled TRXYE, led by its first single "Happy Little Pill", which was released on 25 July 2014.[15] TRXYE debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 55 countries.[16] The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 the following week, scoring Sivan his first Top 10 album.[17] "Happy Little Pill" peaked at number 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments exceeding 35,000 copies.[18] Sivan released his second major-label EP, Wild, on 4 September 2015. The EP was supported by a music video trilogy entitled Blue Neighbourhood, comprising the three songs "Wild", "Fools" and "Talk Me Down" and released from September 2015 to December 2015. Additionally, the EP served as an "introduction" to his album Blue Neighbourhood,[19] which was released on 4 December 2015.[3] Sivan supported his debut studio album Blue Neighbourhood and his EP Wild with his first tour, 2015's Troye Sivan Live.[20] Sivan further supported his debut studio album with 2016's Blue Neighbourhood Tour and Suburbia Tour.

Music Videos

Sivan's music videos frequently feature LGBTQ relationships between the characters. The EP's video trilogy followed the narrative of two gay teenagers in a secret relationship while Wild featured Sivan with another male love interest. His music video for "Heaven ft. Betty Who" features footage of historical LGBTQ movements and couples, as well as sensual shots with him and an anonymous man with the running tagline "Without losing a piece of me, how do I get to Heaven?" and "If I'm losing a piece of me, maybe I don't want Heaven". The singer says these portrayals are important to him, especially when he considers his younger life when he remembers "such vivid memories of the few times I saw any type of LGBTQ relationship on TV or in music videos."[21]


In 2007, Sivan starred as Oliver Twist in a production of Oliver! at the Regal Theatre.[14] In 2008, Sivan was cast in a West Australian short film, Betrand the Terrible.[22] In February 2008, Sivan was cast as young James Howlett in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sivan got the part after videos of his telethon performance were posted on YouTube, catching the attention of a Hollywood agent who contacted Sivan and asked him to send in an audition tape.[14] Though Kodi Smit-McPhee was already cast for this role, he was unable to be a part of the film, due to his other film, The Road.[23] In July 2009, he auditioned successfully for the lead role in Spud, a film adaptation of the 2005 novel by South African author John van de Ruit.[24] Filming took place in South Africa from early March to mid-April 2010.[25][26] The film was released in South Africa on 3 December 2010 and was later nominated for six SAFTAs, including a Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film nomination for Sivan.[27]

Sivan appeared in the West Australian season of Samuel Beckett's absurdist play Waiting for Godot which opened on 28 May 2010. Sivan shared the role of "Boy" with Craig Hyde-Smith, alternating nights.[28] In June 2012, Sivan returned to South Africa to film Spud 2: The Madness Continues, which was released in South Africa on 21 June 2013. Sivan also starred in the third film in the series, Spud 3: Learning to Fly, released on 28 November 2014.


Oakley (left) and Sivan speaking at VidCon 2014

In September 2012, Sivan began creating video blogs on the video sharing site YouTube, after having only sung on the site since 2007. At the time of posting his first vlog, Sivan had accumulated 27,000 subscribers in his five years since joining YouTube on 1 October 2007. As of April 2016, Sivan has over 4 million subscribers and over 243 million total views across his YouTube videos.[2] His YouTube channel is the third most subscribed channel in Australia, after HowToBasic and Planet Dolan.[29]

One of Sivan's most notable works on YouTube is a video he made with fellow YouTuber Tyler Oakley. Titled "The 'Boyfriend' Tag", the video earned them a Teen Choice Award in the "Choice Web Collaboration" category.


Sivan's favourite artists include Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift and Lorde.[30] MTV Artists also cites Michael Jackson and Frank Ocean as additional influences of his.[31]

Sivan's music has been described as "layered electropop with constant tinges of EDM", as well as "youthful", "dreamy",[32] and "mature".[33] His baritone voice[34][35] has been described as a "coffee-and-cream voice"[36] as well as "sultry", "wounded" and "breathless".[37] His work has been compared to Lorde's and Taylor Swift's.[38][39][40]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Young James Howlett
2010 Betrand the Terrible Ace Short film
2010 Spud John "Spud" Milton
2013 Spud 2: The Madness Continues John "Spud" Milton
2014 Spud 3: Learning to Fly John "Spud" Milton


Year Title Notes
2006–08 Perth Telethon Opening act
2007 Star Search Finalist
2015 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Musical guest
2016 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Musical guest on Ellen's birthday special
2016 The Late Late Show with James Corden Musical guest + Interview
2016 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Musical guest


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Oliver! Oliver Twist Regal Theatre
2010 Waiting for Godot Boy His Majesty's Theatre




Awards and nominations

Year Nominated Award Result Ref.
2011 Himself 2011 South African Film and Television Awards - Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film Nominated
2014 Himself 2014 Teen Choice Awards - Choice Web Star: Male Nominated [41]
"The Boyfriend Tag" with Tyler Oakley 2014 Teen Choice Awards - Choice Web Collaboration Won [41]
Himself 2014 NewNowNext Awards - Best New Social Media Influencer (Male) Won [42]
2015 Himself APRA Music Awards of 2015 - Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Nominated [43]
2015 YouTube Music Awards Won [44]
2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award - Favorite Aussie/Kiwi Internet Sensation Won [45]
2015 MTV Europe Music Awards - Artist on the Rise Won [46]
2016 Himself 26th GLAAD Media Awards - Outstanding Music Artist Won [47]
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards - Biggest Triple Threat Nominated [48]
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards - Best Cover Song Nominated
Youth 2016 Teen Choice Awards - Choice Music Single: Male Nominated [49]
Himself 2016 Teen Choice Awards - Choice Music: Breakout Artist Nominated [50]
Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy 2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Breakthrough Long Form Video Nominated [51]
Blue Neighbourhood ARIA Music Awards of 2016 - Album of the Year Nominated [52]
ARIA Music Awards of 2016 - Best Male Artist Nominated [53]
ARIA Music Awards of 2016 - Best Pop Release Nominated [54]
"Youth" ARIA Music Awards of 2016 - Song of the Year Won [55]
YOUTH Acoustic (Sydney Session) ARIA Music Awards of 2016 - Best Video Won [55]
Troye Sivan and Alex Hope ARIA Music Awards of 2016 - Producer of the Year Nominated [56]
ARIA Music Awards of 2016 - Engineer of the Year Nominated [57]
Himself 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards - Best Australian Act Won [58]
2016 MTV Europe Music Awards - Best Worldwide Act Won [59]
2017 Himself 2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards - Favourite #Famous Nominated [60]
British LGBT Awards 2017 - Best Music Artist Nominated [61]
Wild feat. Alessia Cara 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards - Best Crush Song Nominated [62]
Himself 2017 APRA Music Awards - Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Won [63]
"Youth" – Alex Hope, Troye Sivan, Bram Inscore, Alexandra Hughes, Brett McLaughlin 2017 APRA Music Awards – Pop Work of the Year Nominated [64]
Himself 28th GLAAD Media Awards - Stephen F. Kolzak Award Won [65]
MPS Online Awards - Favorite New Artist Nominated [66]



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