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Troye Sivan Responds to Backlash Over Announcing Trans Singer Kim Petras as Supporting Act

Monday Jun 4, 2018

Troye Sivan is responding to a social media backlash that ensued after he announced pop singer Kim Petras would be the supporting act on his upcoming Bloom tour, Billboard reports.

Last month, the openly gay singer revealed he'd be embarking on a North American tour, enlisting supporting acts Kim Petras, Leland and Carlie Hanson. But it didn't take long before some fans on social media took issue with Sivan teaming up with Petras, who is trans.

The outrage came from fans who took issue with Petras working with and defending producer Dr. Luke, who made headlines for his ongoing court battles with pop star Kesha.

Dr. Luke has sued Kesha for defamation in 2014 after she sued him for rape and "despicable conduct," Pitchfork reports. In 2016, a judge dismissed the singer's rape and abuse claims and her appeal to get out of her contract with the producer was recently rejected. Dr. Luke's lawyer has since filed new court documents seeking $50 million in damages from the "TiK ToK" singer.

"I would like my fans to know that I wouldn't work with somebody I believe to be an abuser of women, definitely not," Petras told NME earlier this year when asked about Dr. Luke, who producer a number of her songs, including her debut single "I Don't Want It at All."

After the backlash, however, Petras took to Twitter Friday to offer an apology.

"While I've been open and honest about my positive experience with Dr. Luke, that does not negate or dismiss the experience of others or suggest that multiple perspectives cannot exist at once. I didn't communicate this clearly in the past," she wrote.

Shortly after, Sivan released his own statement about the backlash and enlisting Petras for his tour.

"I've heard you over the last few days and wanted to take the time to handle this situation sensitively because I care deeply about all of you, and everyone involved," he wrote, adding that when he was offered the opportunity to have Petras on his tour he was excited but had a bit of a hesitation.

"I love Kim's music and think she's an incredibly important artist. I wanted to support her without supporting the professional circumstances around her, which was an obvious challenge," he wrote, adding he wasn't aware of some of her comments. "I since have read them and was troubled by them, like you. The opinions communicated in these interviews don't align with my personal values or the values of the tour."

Sivan said he spoke with Petras and said after their conversation he believes her heart is in the right place.

"I have always said that it's how you grow and learn from your mistakes that truly matters, and I want to treat Kim the same way I'd like to be treated when my inevitable big mess up comes," the singer wrote.

Sivan also said he'd be donating a portion of the tour's proceeds to the Ally Coalition and make a donation to RAINN.

Read his full statement below.


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