Troye Sivan Shares Emotional Betty Who Collab, ‘Heaven’
Troye Sivan has finally dropped his hotly-anticipated debut album Blue Neighbourhood and we've already fallen in love with "Heaven," an emotionally-honest collaboration with Australian-born "Somebody Loves You" songstress Betty Who.
Sivan teased the track with a short video clip on his YouTube channel a few weeks ago, with a deeply personal monologue about his difficult coming out process at 14 years old. "The hardest person to come out to, for me, was myself," he admits. "When I first started to realize that I might be gay, I had to ask myself all of these questions, these really really terrifying questions. You know, ‘Am I ever gonna find someone?’ ‘Am I ever gonna be able to have a family?’ ‘If there is a God, does that God hate me?’ ‘If there is a heaven, am I ever gonna make it to heaven?’"
After developing self-confidence and self-worth through the process, Sivan experienced an even deeper revelation: "If there is a heaven but I can't be myself up there, then maybe I don't want heaven."
This revelation, then, lays the foundation for the stunning chorus on his new track "Heaven." In it, he sings, "Without losing a piece of me / How do I get to heaven? / Without changing a part of me / How do I get to heaven?" The chorus rounds out with a direct reference to his powerful revelation as he boldly announces, "So if I'm losing a piece of me / Maybe I don't want heaven."
And when Betty Who steps in to sing a new verse, the results are beautiful as she describes the internal battle for self-acceptance. "This voice inside / Has been eating at me / Trying to embrace the picture I paint / And color me free."
The song could use a bit more Betty, but overall it's yet another moving track that shows how Blue Neighbourhood is as wild an emotional roller coaster as Adele's 25.
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