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Troye Sivan Performs ‘Youth,’ Says He’s ‘Too White’ to Cover ‘Work’


Troye Sivan is currently on tour in North America in support of his debut album Blue Neighbourhood, and he managed to squeeze in some promo while in New York, appearing on the Today Show to perform his current single “Youth.”

Speaking with Today host Matt Lauer, Sivan admitted that the track is autobiographical in nature.

“Completely, yeah. I wrote the song maybe a year ago now and it’s basically about being young and having no idea what I’m doing with my life,” he said. “But how that is completely fine because I am young, and how completely intoxicating that is.”

Troye recently premiered the music video for “Youth,” and he detailed the thought process behind the visual concept during a radio interview with Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.

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“I find music videos incredibly stressful and scary…I think with the ‘Youth’ video I really just wanted to capture a vibe and a feeling and an emotion, rather than a storyline, and it was super important to me that we got that right,” he said. “We basically just threw a house party for some really, really cool people I follow on Instagram. I was literally just Instagram messaging people being like, ‘Hey, do you wanna come hang out at this house and be in my music video for the day?’ And we just had a really good time and I think it shows in the video.”

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Troye also covered Alessia Cara‘s breakout single “Here” for the show, but he’d initially thought about performing Rihanna‘s “Work” before ultimately realizing he would be unable to do the track justice.

“I considered it for a very, very brief second,” he said. “And then I was like, ‘I am just way too white to be doing this.’ Like, it’s offensive, it’s genuinely offensive if I even try and sing this song. So I’m just gonna not do it.”

Check out Troye’s performances on Today and Elvis Duran and the Morning Show above.

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