Troye Sivan Mellet was born 5 June 1995 and is a South African–Jewish born – Australian singer-songwriter, actor, and YouTuber. After gaining popularity as a singer on YouTube and in Australian talent competitions, Sivan signed with EMI Australia in 2013.
As an actor, Sivan portrayed the younger version of Wolverine in the 2009 X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and starred as the title character in the Spud film trilogy. As a YouTube personality, Sivan used to upload video blogs regularly.
He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the son of Laurelle, a homemaker and former model, and Shaun Mellet, an entrepreneur and real estate agent. His family moved to Australia when he was two years old due to rising crime in South Africa after the end of Apartheid. Sivan grew up in Perth, Western Australia, with his parents and three siblings. Sivan is Jewish—his father was born to a Jewish family of Lithuanian Jewish descent and his mother converted to Judaism—and he was raised in an observant Orthodox home, but has identified as an atheist. Sivan attended Carmel School, a private Modern Orthodox school, until 2009, when he started distance education.
Sivan’s musical career started when he sang at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Channel Seven Perth Telethon. In 2009 he released “For Them” to raise awareness and funds to help homeless children. 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.
On 1 April 2020, Sivan released “Take Yourself Home”, his first single from his upcoming third album. Sivan worked with freelance artists in need of work during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic to create the visual art for his single. The artists, who Sivan met on Instagram, also designed t-shirts for the single, and all net proceeds were donated to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Spotify’s COVID-19 Music Relief Project.
Sivan’s music videos frequently feature LGBTQ relationships between the characters. The singer says these portrayals are important to him, especially when he considers his younger life when he saw a very few examples of any type of LGBTQ relationship on TV or in music videos.
Sivan’s favorite artists include Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift and Lorde. MTV Artists also cites Michael Jackson and Frank Ocean as additional influences.
Sivan’s music has been described as layered electro-pop with constant tinges of EDM. His baritone voice has received widespread praise. His work has been compared to Lorde’s and Taylor Swift’s.
Sivan came out publicly as gay via a YouTube video on 7 August 2013, three years after coming out to his family.
Sivan has a mild form of Marfan syndrome.